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City of Saint John encourages employees and residents to recognize Earth Hour

24-Mar-2017

The City of Saint John invites all residents to participate in Earth Hour by turning out their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 25, 2017.  
 
Earth Hour is an annual event designed to raise awareness of the over use of energy in modern society amid growing concerns of environmental sustainability. Every year, Earth Hour draws global attention to the large impact that a small action, such as turning our lights off for an hour, can have if millions of people participate.
 
There will be a guided walk around Lily and Fisher Lakes on Fisher Lakes Drive in Rockwood Park in honour of Earth Hour. The walk will be led by the Outdoor Enthusiasts Club and will begin outside the Lily Lake Pavilion at 8:15 p.m. 

As with previous years, all employees at the City of Saint John have been encouraged to participate in the global Earth Hour event as well.

The City’s work towards greater energy efficiency is an on-going, full-time commitment.  

Since its inception, efforts to conserve energy through the Municipal Energy Efficiency Program (MEEP) has resulted in an energy savings of over $2.3 million, and a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction of approximately 27 per cent or 9,500 tons of CO2. 

Established in 1999 as Saint John’s environmental and fiscal code, the MEEP has grown significantly in scope and is now ingrained in all City operations. The program includes such things as retrofits to arenas, waste water pumping station and treatment facilities, commission buildings, municipal buildings and offices, and street lights. Saint John was one of the few cities in the country to establish such a program and has been recognized on a regional and national level for leadership in environment and energy efficiency.

As a next step, the City of Saint John, in consultation with the community, will develop a Climate Change and Community Energy Plan to help further reduce GHG emissions. The plan will include the following activities:

An Inventory of GHG emissions for several sectors in Saint John (Transportation, buildings, industries, etc.)
A GHG emissions baseline and target
A local action plan to help reduce GHG emissions and achieve the target

The plan will be launched on March 28, 2017.

For more information about Earth Hour, please visit www.earthhour.org

For details on the City’s MEEP, visit www.saintjohn.ca