City encourages Calgarians to save energy and celebrate Earth Hour

The City of Calgary is participating in Earth Hour this weekend by shutting off the lights at City facilities on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

During Earth Hour, The City will turn off all non-essential and decorative lighting at several facilities including:

  • Ad Valorem Place
  • All fire stations
  • Calgary Municipal Complex (Historic City Hall, Administration Building, Municipal Building)
  • Calgary Public Building
  • Dartmouth Place
  • Manchester Centre Building E
  • Water Centre

“We’re pleased to be able to invite Calgarians to participate in Earth Hour in a variety of ways this year including the return of Calgary Unplugged at the Central Library with musical performances, crafts and educational displays,” says Dick Ebersohn, Manager of Climate Change and Environment  with The City of Calgary. “We know Calgarians value our natural environment and are committed to taking action to protect it. We will once again be marking Earth Hour by turning off non-essential and decorative lighting in several City facilities, and we encourage Calgarians to limit their energy use as well.

Calgary Unplugged is a family-friendly Earth Hour event taking place this Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. hosted by Open Streets Events at the Central Library located at 800 – 3 Street S.E. City of Calgary educators will be onsite to share energy-saving tips.

Calgarians are invited to attend Calgary Unplugged to see live music, engage with magnetic induction systems, experience producing 300 watts of power on pedal powered bike generators, play with a midway style game to learn about Alberta’s renewable energy sources and more. All non-essential lighting in the library will be turned off from 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring LED or other lighting with them to use during this time. 

Earth Hour is a worldwide event to continue the conversation about how limiting our energy use can reduce our impact on the environment. The City encourages Calgarians to turn off lights and unplug electronics, small appliances and chargers during Earth Hour, and limit energy use every day. 

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