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 19.
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
As with previous years, over 650 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.
As of December 2015, 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 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.
To support climate change outreach efforts, the City has recently partnered with Saint John Energy to launch an energy efficiency awareness program for elementary school students. The program, dubbed Planet Protector Academy, will begin at Princess Elizabeth School the week of March 21, 2016 and run through a six unit curriculum designed to lead behaviour change at home. Topics will include an introduction to climate change; what is energy and where does it come from; how is energy used to heat water; transportation options and green driving; overcoming barriers to taking active transportation; and a final celebration and reporting module.
For more information about Earth Hour, please visit www.earthhour.org
For details on the City’s MEEP, visit www.saintjohn.ca