Oakville Residents called to Action: Switch off your lights this Saturday!

Celebration of Earth Hour 2016 - Oakville goes dark

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Oakville Residents called to Action: Switch off your lights this Saturday!

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Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Join the town and take part in the global movement to shine a light on climate action this Saturday. Earth Hour reminds us of the importance to reduce energy consumption by turning off the lights from 8:30–9:30 p.m. Energy conservation and environmental stewardship is a year-round priority for the town and staff will be joining the Earth Hour campaign by turning off all non-essential lighting at town facilities.

“Earth Hour is a great reminder of the importance of energy conservation,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to participate in Earth Hour and energy conservation efforts all year long. This is one of the many ways we are creating a cleaner, greener Oakville.”

Non-essential lighting and marquee signs at town facilities and parking lots will be turned off where possible, without compromising public safety or interfering with services, to reduce energy demand during the hour.

Turning off your lights is an easy way to get involved, but you can also turn down the thermostat; unplug the TV, microwave and computer. Why not enjoy an hour of no power with a candlelight dinner, board games by flashlight, an unplugged jam session, or a stargazing walk.

Take a picture of yourself showing how you participated in Earth Hour 2016 and tweet @townofoakville or post on the Town of Oakville Facebook page for a chance to win a prize.

Have some free time during March Break? Head over to the Oakville Public Library to learn how you can be part of the Earth Hour global movement and try out our “Rock the Bike” pedal-powered bike-charging station. Participating libraries include Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge, and Central locations.

The town’s environmental programs and policies ensure the Oakville community continues to be a leader in managing our ecological footprint. Visit oakville.ca for information on a number of energy conservation initiatives including:

  1. Keep Calm and Adapt Emergency and Extreme Weather Preparedness event on April 30, 2016
  2. Annual Oakville Conserves Energy Fair on May 28, 2016
  3. Oakville’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
  4. Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan
  5. Participation in the Partner’s for Climate Protection program
  6. Implementation of high-efficiency light emitting diodes (LED) streetlights

Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint. Earth Hour 2015 took place in more than 7000 cities and towns in 172 countries and territories across all seven continents. Residents, businesses and community groups are encouraged to register their Earth Hour event at earthhour.org.

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