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Mississauga Switches Off for Earth Hour

Mar 24, 2013

The City of Mississauga announced a 2.4 per cent reduction in electricity demand across the city during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“Participating in Earth Hour is an expression of our commitment to living green and taking ongoing action on climate change,” said Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson, chair of Mississauga’s Environmental Advisory Committee. “Switching off our lights for one hour is just the beginning. Earth Hour reminds us all that saving energy is about taking steps, big or small, every day, every hour.”

Leading up to Earth Hour, residents were encouraged to sign pledge boards, pick up children’s Earth Hour activity pages and check out environment-themed displays at a Mississauga library. For the third consecutive year, the City worked with its Earth Hour promotional partners Bullfrog Power, Enersource Corporation and Partners in Project Green to encourage community participation.

“Earth Hour is an opportunity for people around the world to symbolize their support for the environment through reduced energy consumption,” said Craig Fleming, president and CEO of Enersource. “We are proud of the citizens and businesses we serve who participated in this worldwide gesture.”

This year, in addition to reducing lighting and energy consumption in City facilities for Earth Hour, the City is participating in I Will If You Will – an Earth Hour campaign to encourage residents to go beyond the hour for a cleaner, healthier Mississauga. For 2013, Mayor Hazel McCallion is pledging to take a winner of Mississauga’s I Will If You Will challenge for a ride in her electric vehicle, a Chevrolet Volt, if 500 people register for Let Your Green Show. Let Your Green Show is an environmental awareness campaign to encourage residents to do something positive for the environment and reward them for taking action. Visit mississauga.ca/earthhour to learn more about Mississauga’s I Will If You Will challenge.

To keep people informed about Mississauga’s environmental initiatives and key events throughout the year, the City is inviting people to subscribe to the Mississauga Living Green blog at mississauga.ca/livinggreen. For energy conservation programs and tips year-round visit www.enersource.com.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

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