City briefs: Earth Hour challenge sent out by Kelowna’s mayor

Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd has issued a friendly challenge to communities throughout the Okanagan to help raise awareness for the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour events to be held   Saturday, March 26.

Residents are encouraged to turn off electric lights and appliances for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m., and pledge their support on the FortisBC website.

The community with the most pledges will win the Earth Hour Challenge Community Challenge and a non-profit in that community will receive a $5,000 energy savings upgrade to their facility courtesy of the FortisBC PowerSense program.

FortisBC has developed an online forum where residents can pledge their support for the event, share what they plan to do during their hour in the dark and have a chance to win a weekend getaway at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna.

The Earth Hour event is a practical and symbolic show of support for the future of our planet.

“By engaging our citizens in this challenge, we can provide maximum support from the Okanagan area to this important worldwide initiative,” says Mayor Sharon Shepherd.

“The City of Kelowna is registered on the main Earth Hour Canada website, and has committed to turning off our lights—except those that are hard-wired and safety lights—for the event.”

Earth Hour was created by World Wildlife Fund to mobilize millions worldwide to show support for action on climate change.

Expo calls for the green-minded

The City of Kelowna’s 12th annual Mayor’s Environmental Expo, also sponsored by  FortisBC, will take place on Thursday, May 19, at Mission Creek Regional Park.

Organizers want  local groups with an environmental message or mandate to get involved.

“We are looking for local organizations that can provide a fun interactive display for school-aged children that also inspires kids to adopt a new environmentally sustainable activity into their everyday lives,” said event coordinator Summer Bracey.

The Expo is a fun, free event for schoolchildren, showcasing local organizations and initiatives that complement the City of Kelowna’s commitment to a greener future.

For more information and to apply for a place at this year’s Expo, contact Summer Bracey at or 250-469-8883 before April 15.


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