On March 26th at 8:30 p.m. millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to demand action on climate change. Started in 2007, Earth Hour is a global effort that encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions.
To assist in this global effort the City of Mississauga, in partnership with Enersource Hydro Mississauga, Bullfrog Power and Partners in Project Green, are encouraging local businesses to participate. And to this date, over 30 Mississauga companies have agreed to do their part for Earth Hour on March 26th. The following are just a few highlights of what companies in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone will be doing:
- International Centre is encouraging its clients to turn down their lights that evening, and promoting staff participation at home.
- Delta Toronto Airport West will be hosting a candlelight dinner featuring organic dishes, while advising their guests of Earth Hour.
- General Electric will engage its employees across North America and launched a website that provides an opportunity for employees to win prizes based on the number of co-workers, relatives and neighbours they can sign-up to get involved with Earth Hour.
- Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport will be hosting a candlelight reception in their LEED certified hotel.
- Bosch will be handing out a candle pillar to each of their staff members to encourage them to turn down their lights at home.
- Lange Transportation will be shutting down all non-essential electricity at their warehouse and offices.
- LoyaltyOne will be shutting down their internal and external lighting on both March 25th and 26th, as well as encouraging their employees to share their Earth Hour experiences.
- Pallett Valo will be hosting a lunch for their employees to educate them on Earth Hour and encourage them to participate at home.
- Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre will be hosting a candlelight reception in their lobby, while turning down their external brand signs.
Local business leaders not only understand the importance of addressing environmental impacts, but companies like the Greater Toronto Airports Authority have used Earth Hour as a way to identify energy savings year round. In 2009 they realized a 10.5 per cent reduction in electricity consumption during Earth Hour, but most importantly, after the hour was done, some things they just never turned back on.
Other local businesses that plan to participate in Earth Hour include: Orlando Corporation, AstraZeneca Canada Inc., Bison Transportation, Kuehne and Nagel, Bell Canada, Infinite Kwh, Drivers of Change, Pratt and Whitney, Menkes, Morguard, Puratos Canada Inc., HP, Ariva, Polaris, Oxford Properties, Eco Fitt Corporation, Vibra Clean, Sheraton Gateway Hotel Toronto Airport, Supply Chain Management, Maple Leaf, Bentall-Kennedy, Pinchin Environmental Ltd., MMM Group, MTS Allstream, Espar, and Sobeys.