Media Release

March 22, 2012

The Regional Municipality of York supports Earth Hour by switching off unnecessary lights on March 31

Regional employees and their families are encouraged to participate at home
NEWMARKET - York Regional Council unanimously agreed to turn off all non-essential lights at Regional facilities for one hour in recognition of the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour, which takes place Saturday,
March 31 at 8:30 p.m.
“York Regional Council fully supports Earth Hour and is committed to reducing our energy and carbon footprint,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “The Regional Municipality of York continuously examines what we can do in each of our facilities and departments to achieve greater environmental sustainability and stewardship.”
The Region also invests in energy conservation by conducting audits and retrofits in existing Regional buildings and achieving minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for new buildings. Energy retrofits of the York Region Administrative Centre have produced annual savings of approximately $200,000.
“In an age where climate change is threatening our planet, Earth Hour provides a powerful message of what we all can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, who moved the Earth Hour 2012 motion at Regional Council. “Earth Hour is not just about turning off the lights for 60 minutes, but simple everyday actions we can take to reduce our energy consumption at work and at home.”
York Region will turn off all lights at facilities where feasible and without jeopardizing safety. In particular, the Region will focus attention at four main locations:
• York Region Administrative Centre; 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket
• York Region South Services Centre; 50 High Tech Road in the Town of Richmond Hill
• York Region Transportation Operations Centre; 80 Bales Drive in the Town of East Gwillimbury
• York Region EMS Operations Centre; 90 Bales Drive in the Town of East Gwillimbury
Approximately 2,900 York Region employees and their families are also being encouraged to turn off the lights at home. Regional employees are requested to turn off any desk task lighting as well as their computer monitors prior to leaving work.
York Region has published the 2012 Sustainability Works Calendar featuring a number of annual community events and activities designed to showcase Regional programs and services focusing on environmental engagement and awareness. To access the 2012 Sustainability Works Calendar, visit York Region’s website at
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Media Contact: Ken Turriff, Corporate Communications, York Region
  1-877-464-9675, ext. 1226 • Cell: 905-251-6415 •

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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