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York to flip switch for Earth Hour
March 18, 2015
By Lisa Queen

Earth Hour will mean lights out at York Region buildings.

On March 28 at 8:30 p.m., the region will turn out the lights at its four main locations, which are the regional headquarters at 17250 Yonge St. in Newmarket, the south services centre at 50 High Tech Rd. in Richmond Hill and the transportation operations centre and the EMS operations centre at 90 Bales Dr. and 80 Bales Dr. in East Gwillimbury, respectively.

The region encourages residents to turn off their lights, TVs, computers and other electrical devices for 60 minutes.

Last year, PowerStream recorded a savings of 48 megawatts across York Region and Simcoe County during Earth Hour.

That’s enough electricity to power 1,480 average-sized homes for 24 hours.

Earth Hour, a global movement by the World Wildlife Foundation, involves millions of people around the world turning off their lights and electric devices for 60 minutes to symbolize the need to work together to fight climate change.

Visit the Earth Hour website for more information.

Find more information about York Region’s environmental efforts on its website.