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Earth Hour

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Thank you Edmonton for participating in Earth Hour 2014!


Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:30-9:30pm


Earth Hour is a global lights-out phenomenon led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to show support for action on climate change.


What Happened in Edmonton?

As a result of everyone's efforts, Edmonton decreased its power consumption approximately 3%*.

Earth Hour 2014 

 927.97 MWh

Same time period March 22nd, 2014

 (1 week prior)

955.33 MWh

Along with 3000 Earth Hour kits that were distributed to Edmonton teachers this year, Earth Hour presentations were made in 15 schools to 934 students with the help of MacEwan University students.

The City of Edmonton continues to support Earth Hour in a variety of ways and encourages everyone to get involved in whatever way works best for them, so long as it happens in the dark! 

*It is normal to see a variation of plus or minus 10% when comparing any given hour's power consumption to the previous week's figure. The most significant influences on power consumption changes are weather and hours of daylight.


How did City of Edmonton buildings do?

Numerous City buildings participated in Earth Hour this year, with an average of 35% reduction in energy use.  Here is just a sampling of the buildings.


 Building
March 15
2014

8:30-9:30
pm 
 March 29
2014

Earth Hour

8:30-9:30
pm
 KWH
Change
%
Reduction 
 City Hall 301.35 228.9 -72.45 24%
Kinsman Sports Centre  746.208 556.38 -189.828 25%
Rundle Park Buildings   209.895 173.208 -36.687 17%
 Stanley Milner Library 375.12 333.72 -41.4 11%
 Kinsman Sports Centre 746.208 556.38 -189.828 25%
West Division Police Station  79.976 77.048 -2.928 3%

Congratulations to the top three City buildings!


  1. Oliver Arena - 97% reduction

  2. Michael Cameron Arena - 96% reduction

  3. Donnan Arena - 95%


Well done Edmonton, we were voted Earth Hour Capital of Canada this year!



Earth Hour Tour: Out of the Dark, Into the Future

Throughout the month of March, World Wildlife Fund’s President and CEO, David Miller, traveled across Canada for the Earth Hour Tour: Out of the Dark, Into the Future. The tour brought together diverse experts to imagine and discuss a future where climate change is no longer a threat.

Edmonton hosted this event on March 7, with 80 citizens attending. The panel addressed questions about what this future state looks like, how it’s different than the world we live in today and what Edmonton is doing to prepare for this new reality. The discussion provided a valuable opportunity for students, stakeholders and media to connect with the Earth Hour message and vision for a low-carbon world.

Edmonton’s panel consisted of local experts that spoke to:

  • City plans currently under development that will address energy challenges.
  • A citizen deliberation that was conducted over six Saturdays to provide the City with direction and input for energy transition.
  • The leadership role of the University of Alberta, building on its historic district energy system while embracing new and efficient building standards and alternative forms of energy.
  • Edmonton’s unique opportunity (Blatchford Redevelopment) to design an entirely new community that will exemplify sustainability.
  • The role of post-secondary institutions in ensuring people are equipped with the skills and foresight to design for present-day use while accommodating future needs.
Missed the event? Read these blog posts for the panelist's views.

Sponsored by:
Earth Hour Tour Sponsor Logos

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. More than 2.2 million people across the world turned off their lights.

2013 was the sixth year that Edmonton participated in Earth Hour. Earth Hour gives us all a chance to reflect on our energy consumption. It is important to make energy efficiency part of your everyday lifestyle and show you care about the planet.

For tips and resources on how to reduce your environmental impact visit Carbon Dioxide Reduction Edmonton (CO2RE), our community initiative to reduce local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

For more ideas on how to take action against climate change visit Earth Hour Canada.

For more information:

City Environmental Strategies

8th Floor, HSBC Bank Place
10250-101 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3P4

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-401-7070
Email 311@edmonton.ca
Website (http://www.edmonton.ca/TheWayWeGreen)