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Posted March 18 , 2010
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Earth Hour

Cambridge Participates in Global Earth Hour - Partnerships with Kitchener, Waterloo and Region of Waterloo

Cambridge - Eco-consciousness is top of mind for the City of Cambridge. This year, the City will again be part of the global Earth Hour event and will contribute to the overall goal to save energy and raise awareness of energy savings measures. Slated for Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 pm, City buildings will reduce non-essential energy consumption as a measure to contribute to overall power savings.

“It’s a symbolic move to demonstrate our commitment to the global environmental movement and to join the thousands of cities around the world that are participating,” says Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig. Last year, the City achieved a savings of over 500 kilowatts of power which is like running 30 homes for an entire day.

All major facilities including both historic and Cambridge City Hall will be running on less power so look for the clock tower to go dim. Cambridge will also be testing generators at a number of locations including Cambridge Fire stations. Arenas are seeing opportunities to get involved including turning thermostats up for ice temperatures. It represents a coordinated effort by City staff to make a difference.

While Earth Hour is an emblematic event to raise awareness about the need for sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices, the concept is in keeping with the City of Cambridge’s focus on the environment and energy conservation.

Whether it’s roof-top solar panels incorporated as part of the renovation plans underway at the main public works building on Bishop Street, or City Green initiatives such as tree planting and community clean ups, it points to a priority of green business practices for Cambridge.

The City of Cambridge is encouraging the community to get involved and power down for Earth Hour.

“Cambridge is proud to employ many eco-friendly technologies including green power, green walls, green roofs, water collection and recycling systems and hybrid fleet vehicles, to name a few,” adds Mayor Craig.

Earth Hour is marked by regional partners including the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener, Region of Waterloo and is in partnership with the Waterloo Region Record. Sign up at www.earthhourcanada.org and see how others are contributing to energy savings measures or visit www.cambridge.ca and click on the earth hour picture to learn more.

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