Charlottetown City Hall
Earth hour officially runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight and the City of Charlottetown is asking residents to share their conservation ideas.
The city itself already powers down municipal buildings as much as possible during evening hours throughout the year.
Saving electricity is just one of the everyday measures the city has adopted since 2010, when it brought in its sustainability plan.
But attention to safety requirements remains an important consideration at all sites, says a news release issued by the city. The municipality has also incorporated streetlights with built-in daylight sensors that determine their illumination, as opposed to manual switch operation of the past.
Since the city does not plan to turn off any more lights than it already does during tonight's Earth Hour, it is welcoming residents to share their own Earth Hour ideas and activities via the city’s Facebook page.
“By sharing ideas and activities around this important global event, we encourage each other to be more mindful of how we utilize our energy resources,” says Mayor Clifford Lee. “I look forward to reading about the creative ways people will utilize an hour in the dark.”