Challenge encourages energy conservation and donations of warm sweaters
SURREY, BC, Jan. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - FortisBC and the Business Improvement
Areas of B.C. (BIABC) are teaming up for the first time to promote
energy conservation during "Turn Down The Heat Week", February 2 to 9.
Participating businesses in 20 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) will
turn down the heat at work and at home and wear sweaters to help
promote energy conservation. This inaugural event is a collaboration
between FortisBC and BIABC with the enthusiastic support of 20 Business
Improvement Associations from Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and
"FortisBC encourages a culture of energy efficiency and conservation in
the workplace and in the home," said Doug Stout, vice president of
energy solutions and external relations at FortisBC. "We welcome
supporting the Business Improvement Areas in this challenge and
encourage our employees and customers to get involved."
Local BIAs will also collect donations of sweaters and other warm
clothing with a combined goal of 2,500 sweaters from participating BIA
communities. For its part, FortisBC will be challenging its employees
to collect donations of gently used or new sweaters for local
organizations who will give the sweaters to those in need.
"The objective of "Turn Down the Heat Week" is to make everyone more
aware of energy consumption - and what can be done to reduce it - while
collecting sweaters for those in our communities who can really use
them, said Ken Kelly, Chair of the BIABC. "This is another example of
downtowns and major commercial centers in the province reinforcing the
sense of community between businesses and residents. We appreciate
FortisBC supporting our desire to emphasize the importance of living
our lives differently, as businesses and as community."
Each business will be taking a slightly different approach to the
challenge during "Turn Down the Heat Week". Some will offer sales on
sweaters or on hot drinks; some will hand out flyers about energy
efficiency; and some will find creative ways to collect warm clothes
for local charities. Each BIA will find a different local social
service provider to accept the clothing donations during or at the end
of the event. During this week as well, FortisBC will be encouraging
customers to turn down the heat and put on a sweater. Customers will be
asked to tweet FortisBC a photo of them in their cozy sweater for a
chance to win a $200 gift card.
The mission of the Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia
(BIABC) is to demonstrate leadership that will champion strong,
vibrant, and successful downtowns, main streets, and commercial
districts throughout British Columbia. BIABC represents 55 BIAs and
60,000 businesses throughout B.C.
FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable
energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy
solutions. FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and
serves approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C.
communities. FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the
largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns
and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants,
approximately 7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power
lines, and approximately 47,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission
and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc.,
FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler)
Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional
information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
The following Business Improvement Associations will be participating in
"Turn Down the Heat Week" in their respective communities February 2 -
9. Activities at the individual merchants will vary from sales of warm
beverages and warm clothing, to challenging neighbouring businesses to
collect a minimum number of sweaters to be donated to local charities.
Businesses will be encouraged to tell their customers and clients that
they are supporting energy conservation by turning down the heat on
their thermostat, wearing sweaters to work, and collecting warm
clothing for charity.
Abbotsford Downtown Business Association
Collingwood Business Improvement Association
Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association
Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association
Downtown Langley Merchants Association
Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association
Downtown Nanaimo Partnership
Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association
Downtown Penticton Association
Downtown Victoria Business Association
Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association
Hastings North Business Improvement Association
Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association
Point Grey Village Business Improvement Association
Sechelt Business Improvement Association
South Hill (Fraser Street) Business Association
Strathcona Business Improvement Association
Uptown Rutland Business Improvement Association.
West Broadway Business Improvement Association
Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Association
For further information:
Corporate Communications Advisor
Downtown Victoria Business Improvement Association