RMOW marks Earth Hour on March 31; Residents and businesses invited to participate

March 21, 2012: Whistler, BC – Whistler Village will be darker on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., when the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) marks Earth Hour by turning off festive lighting in the Village and Whistler Olympic Plaza, turning off lights at municipal buildings, turning off lighting on the Lost Lake cross-country ski trails, and turning off all heat tracing in the Village. This is Whistler’s fifth year to celebrate Earth Hour.

Earth Hour was founded by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to draw attention to energy consumption and climate change. In 2011, a record 134 countries participated in Earth Hour, 422 municipalities in Canada took part in the event, and Whistler tied for third place in the province.

In 2011, Whistler hosted its first ever pedal-powered free concert attended by 400 people at Whistler Olympic Plaza, 17 local restaurants featured candlelight dinners, and Whistler Blackcomb saved 2.1 megawatts by turning off its two main power feeds.  Whistler residents and businesses contributed to a 4.35 per cent decrease in energy consumption during the 2011 Earth Hour and won the Sea to Sky Challenge for the greatest energy reduction.

On Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Whistler residents, visitors, and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights and to make a commitment to go beyond the hour with other energy savings in the year to come. To find more information, visit www.earthhour.org or download a guide on how to get involved at www.earthhour.org/page/get-involved/how-guides.

Whistler is committed to energy tracking and energy conservation. Read more about Whistler’s energy performance. Find out how you can decrease your energy consumption here.

About the Resort Municipality of Whistler

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is Whistler’s local government led by an elected council and administered by an executive team and staff on behalf of 9,824 residents and two million annual visitors. The RMOW manages municipal planning and development, park and Village operations, sports facilities and recreation, public utilities and environmental services, bylaws and enforcement, fire rescue, fiscal planning and financial services, legislative services, human resources, communications and the administration of the Whistler2020 Comprehensive Sustainability Plan and Whistler’s Official Community Plan. The RMOW collaborates with in-resort and external partners to create visitor experiences and enrich community life.

Whistler’s vision is to be the premier mountain resort community as it moves toward sustainability. Whistler was the proud Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.