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For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2011

Region of Peel is Switching Off Lights for Earth Hour

BRAMPTON, ON. (March 21, 2011) On March 26, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Region of Peel will join hundreds of other municipalities across the country and over a billion people around the world in support of Earth Hour. Where safe and appropriate, Regional facilities will participate by switching off their lights for one hour. Residents are also encouraged to participate in this World Wildlife Fund initiative and show their support for action on climate change.

“I’m pleased that the Region of Peel is switching off its lights once again this year, as a symbolic action to show support against climate change,” said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. “The Region remains committed to finding sustainable and responsible ways to manage energy demands and we will continue to encourage all Peel residents to do their part to combat climate change.”

Climate change may be the biggest environmental challenge that we have ever faced, but with great challenges come great opportunities. There’s more to Earth Hour than just switching off lights for an hour once a year; it’s about giving people a voice and demonstrating that, if we all work together, we can create a better future for our planet. Last year, 1.3 billion people took part in Earth Hour across 128 countries, making it the largest voluntary action ever witnessed. Across Canada alone, more than 300 cities and towns participated, including Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton.

“At the Region, we’re continually working to meet energy needs through investments in efficiency, conservation, and clean, secure energy sources that contribute to the health and security of Peel’s energy future,” said Steve Hall, Director, Real Property Asset Management, Region of Peel.

As part of this effort, the Region of Peel will be hosting its 7th annual Energy Matters Summit on May 2 and 3 at the International Centre in Mississauga. The Energy Matters Summit is now one of Ontario's leading public sector energy management and climate change conferences. This unique event brings together both public and private agencies from across the globe to promote strategies that manage energy costs and control consumption. To register or to learn more, visit energymatterssummit.ca

To pledge your support for Earth Hour, or to learn more about how small changes can make a big difference for our planet, visit wwf.ca/earthhour.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.



Karen Flores
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4675
Steve Hall
Director, Real Property Asset Management
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4207

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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