Cornwall ON – Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger is encouraging citizens and local businesses to join him in participating in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m.
Earth Hour is a global movement working to call attention to climate change, energy consumption, and sustainability. On Earth Hour, hundreds of millions of people, along with businesses and organizations, around the world will focus on this issue by turning off their lights for an hour. Famous landmarks around the globe also will turn off their lights.
“By participating in Earth Hour, we show that we can all be part of the solution to help reduce our impact on the environment” says Mayor Bob Kilger. “At the City we have been taking consistent steps to reduce our impact on the environment and save taxpayer dollars. Earth Hour supports our philosophy of environmental stewardship. Together the City and the residents can work together to make an impact.”
This year, the City of Cornwall will be taking the following steps to meet Earth Hour’s objectives:
All non-essential lighting and computer equipment in City buildings will be turned off by city employees as they leave work on Friday afternoon.
Lighting in working city facilities, such as recreation and municipal work facilities, will be minimized as much as possible during Earth Hour itself while keeping public safety as a first priority.
Floodlights lighting the Clock Tower in Lamoureux Park will be turned off during Earth Hour.
Participation in Earth Hour is just another step in the City’s work to reduce its impact on the environment. The City has been working to increase its sustainability efforts through projects such as the replacement of traffic lights with LED lighting, working to reduce gas consumption in City vehicles, a shift to energy efficient buses, and diverting waste from the landfill site with fall and spring organic waste pick up programs.