York Region powers down for Earth Hour 2017

York Region facilities will be going dark to raise awareness about climate change

The Regional Municipality of York will join cities and towns from around the world in turning off all its light to support Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

All non-essential lights will be turned off at the following locations:

  • York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Town of Newmarket
  • York Region South Services Centre, 50 High Tech Road, Town of Richmond Hill
  • York Region Transportation Operations Centre, 90 Bales Drive, Town of East Gwillimbury
  • York Region Community and Health Services, 9060 Jane Street, City of Vaughan

Residents can also celebrate their commitment to the planet by turning off lights and unnecessary devices that use electricity. Small actions at home or work can make a big difference.

In 2016, Power Stream (now called Alectra Utilities) recorded a total savings of 4.2 per cent less electricity used across York Region and Simcoe Country during Earth Hour – or enough electricity to power 1,303 average-size homes for over a 24-hour period.

Earth Hour is just one of the many initiatives York Region supports to increase awareness of the environmental benefits of energy conservation. York Region has taken a number of steps to drive change, including:

  • Achieving LEED certification for 13 York Region facilities, including the Region’s first LEED Platinum facility – The Bill Fisch Forestry Stewardship and Education Centre
  • Updating the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan in 2016 and outlining initiatives to move the Region toward zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2051

Earth Hour is a global movement organized by the World Wildlife Foundation to encourage individuals, communities and corporations to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. This global event is an opportunity to make small adjustments all year round to benefit the health of the planet.

For more information and to learn how to get involved in Earth Hour visit earthhour.org and follow Earth Hour on social media using the hashtags #EarthHour and #ChangeClimateChange.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees.


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