Banff, AB - In the naturally spectacular Banff, every hour is earth hour. But to mark the official Earth Hour Saturday evening, the Town of Banff will once again switch off the street lights on the 100 and 200 block of iconic Banff Avenue. Mayor Karen Sorensen will throw the switch at 8:30 p.m. The streetlights will come back on at 9:30 p.m.
The Town encourages businesses and residents to participate. Residents can turn off lights, turn down the thermostat and refrain from using appliances, such as televisions, stereos, dishwashers and laundry machines between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Shut off power bars and make sure rechargers are unplugged. Challenge your neighbours and friends to a non-electronic board game by candlelight, host a candlelit dinner or stop by Banff Avenue and join the mayor.
Businesses can dim a few lights and shut off non-essential, decorative outdoor lighting, turn down the thermostat, and help spread the word to visitors that the community of Banff cares about the environment, during Earth Hour and every day.
For more information on reducing your footprint in Banff, visit banff.ca/livegreen. To take the Earth Hour pledge, visit www.earthhour.org
DIANA WALTMANN, MANAGER OF COMMUNICATIONS