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The City of Saint John and Sustainable Saint John encourage employees and residents to recognize Earth Hour

28-Mar-2014

City of Saint John employees and members of Sustainable Saint John invite all Saint John residents to turn out the lights to recognize Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29.  

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.

As with previous years, over 680 employees at the City of Saint John have been encouraged to participate in the global Earth Hour event, held between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

With a membership base of over 25 businesses and organizations, Sustainable Saint John is an advocacy group with a vision of improving the environmental sustainability of the greater Saint John area. As a founding member, the City of Saint John has supported the organization’s initiatives since its inception in 2012.

According to earthhour.org, more than 70 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions are generated by cities. In 1997, Saint John, New Brunswick, was the first city in Canada to adopt a Municipal Energy Efficiency Program (MEEP) as its environmental and fiscal code.

Established and championed by Samir Yammine, the City’s Energy Manager, the MEEP program has received provincial, national and international recognition for its best management practices to analyze and reduce municipal operations energy consumption.

“With the initiatives we have established through the MEEP program, as an organization, we’re leading by example year round,” said Jody Kliffer, the City’s representative on Sustainable Saint John. “We are asking individuals to join in by having dinner or playing a board game by candlelight, or simply turning out the lights and star gazing.”

Residents can join the Saint John Outdoor Enthusiasts for a "Lights Out" walk around Lily and Fisher Lakes in Rockwood Park during Earth Hour on March 29. The walk will begin outside the Interpretation Centre at 7:45pm. Hikers are encouraged to bring a flashlight. The hike is on the road. No special footwear is required.

About Earth Hour
The first Earth Hour was held on March 31, 2007 in Sydney, Australia and involved 2.2 million people and 2,100 Sydney businesses. It has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries/territories across every continent switching off their lights for Earth Hour, creating history as the world’s greatest environmental action. For more information, visit www.earthhour.org.