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City of Brampton facilities will switch off lights for Earth Hour


​BRAMPTON, ON (March 26, 2019) - The City of Brampton will switch off lights at its facilities in honour of Earth Hour on Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.

All non-essential lighting and electronics will be shut down at City facilities during the designated hour as a symbol of Brampton’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Lighting that affects public safety, security or service – such as streetlights, stoplights, park pathway lighting and parking lot lights at City facilities – will remain on. 

All residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by turning off their non-essential lights during Earth Hour. Please also consider steps you can take to go beyond the hour and save energy all year round.

Click here to learn more about Earth Hour in Brampton.

Background

Brampton has participated in this global environmental initiative since 2008. In 2018, the City reduced its electricity consumption by 31% in 24 major facilities during the hour. This translates to 1,662 KW demand reduction, which is equivalent to removing 1,385 homes from the grid for the duration of Earth Hour.

Many ongoing initiatives are underway at the City of Brampton to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, including:

• 52 electric vehicle charging stations installed city-wide to encourage staff and residents to choose greener vehicles
• Solar panels installed at five City facilities
• Six City facilities use geothermal technology
• Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan in place for City-owned facilities

Earth Hour is a global environmental movement spearheaded by WWF. Born in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in more than 180 countries and territories to take action for the planet for over a decade. The movement recognizes the role of individuals in creating solutions for the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges and harnesses the collective power of its millions of supporters to build a sustainable future for all.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Christine Sharma
Media Relations, City of Brampton
905.874.2880 | christine.sharma@brampton.ca