The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Celebrate Earth Hour all year long

WHITBY, ON March 19, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham will participate in Earth Hour, on Saturday, March 28 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 and throughout the year.

“Energy conservation remains one of our top priorities, and we are continually exploring and implementing new energy efficiency enhancements for Regional facilities,” said Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works. “In celebration of Earth Hour, I encourage residents and businesses to join us in reducing lighting where possible. All non-essential lighting at Regional Headquarters, water supply plants and water pollution control plants will be turned off.”

The Region of Durham is dedicated to energy efficiency all year round. 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 long-term care homes also utilize reduced lighting levels at night.

The Region’s water efficiency program helps contribute 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

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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