Whistler celebrates Earth Hour
Residents and businesses encouraged to power down during Earth Hour and every day
March 20, 2017: Whistler, B.C. − On Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and community partners will celebrate Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights and “powering down,” while encouraging local residents, visitors and businesses to do the same.
The annual Earth Hour event is an opportunity to reflect on opportunities to become more energy efficient at home and at work. Many residents are already benefiting from simple lifestyle changes that help the community achieve its energy reduction goals. The Community Energy and Climate Action Plan developed last year outlines a variety of policy recommendations and investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and many of these are embedded into the department plans across the organization. New initiatives to reduce waste, water, and personal vehicle use will be introduced later this spring.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden is committed to finding creative climate change solutions: “The impacts of climate change are not distant, and municipal changes alone will not address the issue. Taking personal actions such as separating kitchen scraps from garbage to landfill, installing moisture sensors on sprinkler systems, and reducing the number of trips taken by car are simple ways to make a measurable difference.”
This year, the RMOW is inviting you to share stories about the personal actions you are taking through the RMOW Facebook page. All actions make a difference and everyone has a role to play in protecting Whistler now and into the future. The winter mountain landscape is our greatest asset, and our culture and economy rely on a stable environment. The potential impacts of a changing climate, such as threat of wildfire, changes in snow conditions, and seasonal weather instability, could put Whistler’s economic engine at significant risk. Within the challenge of addressing climate change, there also lies opportunity – an opportunity for Whistler to increase resilience and advocate for climate action beyond the borders of our resort community.
Energy conservation continues to be the foundation of the RMOW’s approach to climate responsibility. We live in an era of climate responsibility; climate change is a certainty, as is the human responsibility for it. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most significant actions we can take as a community to maintain our leadership role in solving the global climate crisis. Whistler is committed to energy tracking and year-round energy conservation. Read more about Whistler’s energy performance and find energy saving tips for your home, transportation or business. To encourage residents to become more energy efficient at home, the RMOW is offering $250 towards a home energy assessment. Find out more details at www.whistler.ca/powerdown.
BC Hydro provides tools, resources and incentives to help people conserve year-round. Visit www.bchydro.com/powersmart for tips on how to be smart with your power, and find more information about Earth Hour in B.C. on BC Hydro’s website.
About 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. Earth Hour is an opportunity for communities to raise awareness about energy consumption and climate change, while taking steps to conserve energy. Earth Hour also provides a chance to celebrate making a commitment to our planet beyond the hour. This will mark the ninth year that Whistler participates in Earth Hour.
For more information about Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.
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