Jan 17, 2013

COLWOOD, BC – The World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF) has selected the City of Colwood as one of the three Canadian finalists to participate in the international Earth Hour City Challenge. The WWF highlights Colwood as a premiere example of a city that is finding ways to make our community greener and cleaner and improve living standards for the people who live here.

“We are proud and humbled to be recognized as one of the top three communities in Canada – among the top seventeen in the world,” said Mayor Carol Hamilton. “Colwood is a community of only 16,000 people, but we have been working hard to support innovative and sustainable approaches for many years.”

The WWF recognized Colwood’s many efforts to reduce energy use and move to more clean and renewable energy sources, including the City’s plug-in electric truck (which saves the City over $3500 a year in fuel costs), solar thermal and electric panels on the Fire Station roof, and its Solar Colwood initiative that is helping local businesses and homeowners to reduce energy use in their buildings.

The WWF will be selecting the Earth Hour Capital of Canada in March 2013. We're in good company - Vancouver and Surrey are the other Canadian contenders, along with fourteen cities from countries throughout the world, including India, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States.

Stay tuned for ways that you can help ensure the world knows that the City of Colwood and Vancouver Island communities are taking the lead on the use of clean and renewable energy.

You can also help by participating in the annual Earth Hour Challenge. On March 30, 2013, turn out your lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change issues and help to inspire environmental action. It won’t solve climate change, but your participation sends a message that will help create community and political demand for change.

Read more about the Earth Hour City Challenge at: http://www.earthhour.org/.

Learn more about the exciting environmental projects Colwood has on the go at: http://www.solarcolwood.ca/.

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Media Contact:
Judith Cullington
Councillor, City of Colwood
250-360-7653