Friday, March 27, 2015

Unplug for Earth Hour on March 28

Participate in Earth Hour with The City of Calgary by turning off your lights and electronics and attending Calgary Unplugged, a free family event at Olympic Plaza. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and features kid-friendly activities, free hot chocolate in compostable cups, an LED lantern parade, and music and lighting generated by pedal-power bikes.

Earth Hour is a global initiative to raise awareness about how energy use contributes to climate change and ways we can all take action to reduce our impact.

Each year The City participates by shutting off non-essential and feature lighting in various buildings and bridges. On March 28, lights will turn off at 8:30 p.m. for one hour at:

  • The Municipal Building and old City Hall
  • Calgary Public Building
  • Manchester Centre Building E
  • Ad Valorem Place
  • Whitehorn Multi-Services Centre
  • all fire stations
  • Centre Street Bridge
  • the 4th Street S.E. underpass
  • the Riverwalk area near Prince’s Island Park
  • Langevin Bridge

The City’s commitment to reducing energy use in its operations goes far beyond Earth Hour. Some of the work underway includes converting over 80,000 community streetlights to more energy efficient LED bulbs. Additionally, The City is conducting a pilot to automatically power down desktop computers during non-work hours. If the pilot proves successful, a corporate-wide program could save enough electricity to power over 340 households per year.

Join The City and go beyond the hour by taking action to reduce your energy use every day. Visit for simple energy saving tips.

1 comment:

  1. Shutting down computers when not in use sounds like a no brainer.