CALGARY, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Simple actions matter - that's the
message of Project Porchlight, a campaign that mobilizes people to make smart
energy and environmental choices by switching to compact fluorescent light
(CFL) bulbs. Project Porchlight Alberta, sponsored by the Government of
Alberta, EnCana Corporation, The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton, was
kicked off today in Calgary with a celebratory energy-efficiency event at
Olympic Plaza. The event was hosted by local celebrity Alex Ruiz of CBC's
Living Calgary, with speeches by MLA for Calgary-Lougheed Dave Rodney, Deputy
Mayor Brian Pincott, David L. Day, Chairman of Alberta Emerald Foundation,
EnCana representative Lois Wozney, and Stuart Hickox, Executive Director of
One Change. Local sensation Mocking Shadows entertained the lunchtime crowd
with a cross section of blues, funk, and R&B.
Spokespeople at the event joined in calling for all Calgarians to "be a
light in your community." This fall 168,000 free CFL bulbs will be delivered
across Calgary, part of a 300,000 bulb campaign in Calgary and Edmonton.
Project Porchlight is looking for volunteers from across The City to deliver
the bulbs door to door in their own neighbourhoods and at local community
events throughout Calgary. Volunteering only takes two hours and is a great
way to do something positive for your neighbours.
Project Porchlight is run by One Change, a not-for-profit organization
that empowers people to believe that simple actions matter and to make smart
energy choices in their daily lives. "This is about more than light bulbs,"
said One Change Executive Director, Stuart Hickox, "Project Porchlight
converts awareness to action at the community level and makes it possible for
Calgary residents to be part of the long-term solution to climate change. Our
volunteers put the power to participate in climate change solutions directly
into people's hands."
"EnCana Corporation is proud to be a part of a campaign with measurable
results for Alberta," said Sheila McIntosh, Executive Vice President of
Corporate Communications for EnCana Corporation. "So far, Project Porchlight,
with the support of more than 2000 community volunteers, has distributed
500,000 bulbs to 250 Alberta communities resulting in 235,000 megawatt hours
in energy savings and $17.6 million in savings for Alberta energy consumers."
The City of Calgary is very enthusiastic about the Project Porchlight
initiative. "Our partnership with Project Porchlight is an excellent example
of the City's commitment to reducing Calgary's ecological footprint, and
improving the environment, economy, health, and well-being of our city and its
residents," said Mayor Dave Bronconnier.
Information about proper disposal of CFL bulbs can be found on The City
of Calgary web site. To volunteer or for more information, visit
www.projectporchlight.com or call toll-free: 1-866-585-6359.
For further information:
For further information: Frances Kierstead, Alberta Communications
Coordinator, (403) 645-4558, email@example.com; Scott Payne, Alberta
Campaign Manager, (403) 645-4694, firstname.lastname@example.org,