The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region to participate in Earth Hour

WHITBY, ON March 26, 2014 – The Regional Municipality of Durham will participate in Earth Hour, on Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., by reducing lighting at several of its facilities. Businesses and residents are encouraged to join the Region in promoting energy efficiency during this time.

"In celebration of Earth Hour, I urge residents and businesses to show their support by reducing lighting where possible," said Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works. "All non-essential lighting at Regional Headquarters, water supply plants and water pollution control plants will be turned off." 

Although this initiative is in support of Earth Hour, the Region of Durham is dedicated to energy efficiency each day of the year. At Regional Headquarters, the use of timers and motion sensors in the building results in reduced lighting levels during off-peak hours when staff are not present (some areas of the building are still operational during these hours). In addition, energy-efficient light bulbs are utilized throughout the building. The Region's four long-term care homes (Hillsdale Estates, Hillsdale Terraces, Fairview Lodge and Lakeview Manor) utilize reduced lighting levels at night.

Last year, the Region of Durham replaced 388 standard and emergency lighting fixtures in the five-storey parking garage at Regional Headquarters, with more efficient fluorescent lighting. This change will potentially save 58 per cent annually in electricity. Also in 2013, through the SaveONenergy program, retrofits at Hillsdale Estates and the Ajax Water Supply Plant have resulted in a significant reduction in energy consumption.

The Region's water efficiency program also contributes to energy savings. Water Efficient Durham's mandate is to encourage efficient use of water among all users, teaching residents that by saving water, you not only save money but also save the energy needed to treat and transport the water through the system. For more information, visit

Reducing energy consumption supports the Region of Durham Community Climate Change Local Action Plan's Energy theme, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging, supporting and promoting energy conservation in a sustainable manner. There are several community events taking place during Earth Hour, which are supported by the Region of Durham. For a listing of these events and more information about the Community Climate Change Local Action Plan, visit

The Region of Durham's Works Department is responsible for the management of Regional facilities, transportation and field services, water supply, sanitary sewerage and waste management. For more information, visit


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