Earth Hour To Be A Milestone On Pickering's Sustainability Journey

    PICKERING, ON, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Last night at its Executive Committee
meeting, the City of Pickering endorsed a report which would see its
participation in the worldwide Earth Hour campaign to turn off lights for one
hour on March 29th.
    On March 29th at 8:00 p.m., the City of Pickering will turn off
non-essential lighting at City Hall and all municipal buildings where
feasible. The City is encouraging all Pickering households, businesses, and
institutions to participate in Earth Hour as part of its Sustainable Pickering
    "The City of Pickering has embarked on a journey to become the most
sustainable community in North America, and our participation in Earth Hour
will be a symbolic milestone in this journey," said Mayor Dave Ryan.
"Earth Hour is a brilliant campaign that has resonated with millions of people
globally. However, if we are to become true agents of change, we must
incorporate these types of actions into our everyday lives."
    "In 2007, the City of Pickering completed an energy efficiency re-lamping
of City Hall that will save almost $70,000 per year in energy costs and over
400 tonnes per year in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Imagine the GHG
reductions if we all participate in Earth Hour, not just for one hour, but
year round," said Doug Dickerson, City Councillor - Ward 2 and Chair of the
Sustainable Pickering Advisory Committee. "This will form part of the
Sustainable Pickering Challenge - a multi-year program with a simple but
ambitious goal to transform Pickering from a suburban community to a
sustainable City."

    As the gateway city to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is
strategically located between Toronto and Durham Region. Pickering is an
affluent community that is steeped in history, natural beauty and small town
charm with all the amenities and services that a big city has to offer. The
City of Pickering is considered a municipal leader in fiscal management,
service delivery, sustainability and the environment; and offers a wealth of
sports, leisure and recreation opportunities for its residents. Pickering has
been recognized by Profit magazine as one of the ten best cities in Canada for
growth companies.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Mark Guinto, Executive Assistant
to the Mayor, (905) 420-4660 ext. 2013, (416) 409-0559 (mobile),,

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