The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Celebrate Earth Hour March 19

WHITBY, ON March 07, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham will participate in Earth Hour, on Saturday, March 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., by reducing lighting at several of its facilities. Local businesses and residents are encouraged to join the Region in promoting energy efficiency during this time and throughout the year.

“Energy conservation is a priority for the Region of Durham. We always consider the latest green standards and the most energy-efficient technologies in all new construction and renovation projects,” says 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 year round. Regional facilities employ the use of timers and motion sensors to reduce lighting levels during off-peak hours when staff members are not present. In addition, energy-efficient light bulbs are utilized.

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, because 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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