Brampton - On March 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Region of Peel will join governments, businesses and residents around the world to support Earth Hour. Regional facilities will participate by switching off their lights for one hour, where safe and appropriate. Peel residents are also encouraged to participate in this initiative that supports environmental stewardship.
“Earth Hour is a great initiative where, by simply turning off the lights, the Peel community can join in the global effort to address climate change,” said Steve Hall, Director, Real Property Asset Management. “The Region of Peel continues to work towards reducing its energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, fostering a culture of energy sustainability.”
In 2012, 7,001 cities and towns in 152 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) reported that compared to a typical Saturday night in late March, demand for electricity in Ontario was down 2.7 per cent or 423 megawatts (MW) as a result of Earth Hour.
Building on energy sustainability, the Region of Peel will be hosting its 9th annual Energy Matters Summit on May 6 and 7 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The Energy Matters Summit is one of the leading energy management and climate change conferences in Canada. This unique event brings together energy professionals from around the world to share best practices that help make today’s communities greener places to live, work and invest. To register or to learn more, visit energymatterssummit.ca
To pledge your support for Earth Hour, or to learn more about how small changes can make a big difference for our planet, visit earthhour.org