The Regional Municipality Of York

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York Region goes dark to shine a light on climate change

Non-essential lights at Regional facilities to be turned off on Saturday, March 24 for Earth Hour

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York will join cities and towns from around the world in turning off all non-essential lights to support Earth Hour on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All non-essential lights will be turned off at the following locations:

  • York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Town of Newmarket
  • York Region South Services Centre, 50 High Tech Road, Town of Richmond Hill
  • York Region Transportation Operations Centre, 90 Bales Drive, Town of East Gwillimbury
  • York Region Community and Health Services, 9060 Jane Street, City of Vaughan

York Region encourages all residents to support Earth Hour by turning off lights, TVs, computers and any other unnecessary devices that use electricity. Small actions at home or work can make a big difference.

Can you go an hour without power? Take the challenge and tell us how you will celebrate Earth Hour in York Region on social media using the hashtag #loveyr

In 2017, Alectra Utilities, which serves portions of York Region and Simcoe County, recorded a total savings of 4 per cent less electricity used across York Region and Simcoe Country during Earth Hour – that is enough electricity to power 1,213 average-size homes for over a 24-hour period.

It doesn’t stop there. Earth Hour is just one of the many initiatives York Region supports to increase awareness of the environmental benefits of energy conservation, including achieving LEED certification for 15 York Region facilities, and Living Building Challenge Petal Certification for The Bill Fisch Forestry Stewardship and Education Centre

Earth Hour is a global movement organized by the World Wildlife Foundation to encourage individuals, communities and corporations to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. This global event is an opportunity to make small adjustments all year round to benefit the health of the planet.

Find more information about Earth Hour visit or follow Earth Hour on social media using the hashtag #EarthHour

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at 

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Media Contact:
Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675  ext. 77272
Cell: 905-251-6416

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