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


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 24, 2018.  In recognition of the event, the Saint John sign at Fort Howe will be turned off for the hour.  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.
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 Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre at 8:15 p.m. 

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.   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.

Last March, the City of Saint John, in consultation with the community, launched a Climate Change and Community Energy Plan. The plan involves various community stakeholders and will establish emissions targets as well as short-term and long-term goals and initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

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

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

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