FortisBC invites Princeton to switch off for Earth Hour 2012

FortisBC is again sponsoring an Earth Hour challenge for Princeton residents.

  • Mar. 7, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Psst…25 days until we switch off for Earth Hour. Can you spare an hour?

For the fourth consecutive year, FortisBC is encouraging families and businesses across the region to switch off, unplug and join millions of people around the world in participating in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.

“Earth Hour is an opportunity to join with others in thinking about the energy we consume, every hour of every day,” said FortisBC spokesman Tom Loski. “This year, we hope to see a greater drop and have even more people commit to participate in Earth Hour 2012.”

FortisBC is again sponsoring an Earth Hour Challenge encouraging residents to pledge to turn off all non-essential lighting, appliances and electronics by visiting fortisbc.com/earthhour, or by phoning 1-866-436-7847. Those that pledge are entered to win a weekend away at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna, and the individual pledges will be counted in our community challenge where communities in our region have each appointed a worthy non-profit organization for a chance to win up to a $5,000 energy savings upgrade.

The community with the highest per capita participation rate will win the Earth Hour Challenge, first introduced in 2009 and sponsored each year by FortisBC. The winning community receives bragging rights and their appointed non-profit organization receives the $5,000 energy savings toward their facility upgrade.

Keremeos took the honours in 2011 and their non-profit charity of choice, The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 192, received the prize.

“Winning the Earth Hour Challenge allowed our legion to invest in a new heat pump,” remarked Mike Favel, Secretary/Treasurer for The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 192. “The money we received covered the lion’s share of the cost and we are looking forward to seeing a real difference in our energy consumption over the years.”

The following non-profit organizations are in the running for this year’s $5,000 energy savings upgrade, and will rely on participation pledges from residents in their community to win:

Town of Princeton, Princeton Exhibition Association

Town of Keremeos, Elks Lodge #56

City of Kelowna, Kelowna Gospel Mission

District of Summerland, Summerland Asset Development Initiative

City of Penticton, Shatford Centre – Okanagan School of the Arts

Town of Oliver, Oliver Seniors Centre

Town of Osoyoos, Osoyoos Childcare Centre Society

City of Grand Forks, Sunshine Valley Child Care Society

Village of Midway, West Boundary Housing Society

City of Trail, Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre Society (FAIR)

City of Rossland, Rossland Council for Arts and Culture

City of Nelson, Nelson Cares Society

City of Castlegar, Habitat for Humanity

Town of Creston, Creston Valley Gleaners Association

Village of Salmo, Salmo Public Library

Village of Fruitvale, Beaver Valley Seniors Manor

Village of Kaslo, The Langham Society

For more information about the FortisBC Earth Hour Challenge and to make a pledge, visit fortisbc.com/earthhour.

 

Just Posted

Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Walk to End Abuse in South Okanagan breaks fundraising record

More than $53,000 raised so far while the pandemic has increased need for SOWINS’ services

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

RCMP thanked the public for assistance in finding Benjamin Archie, last seen in Princeton. (RCMP)
Missing Chilliwack man found safe and sound

The 80-year-old had walked away from his home in Chilliwack

.
Princeton’s Spotlight wins two provincial awards for excellence

Publisher takes first place for investigative reporting

Princeton GSAR responds 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2020 the crew was called out 34 times, and members spent 721 hours on calls, and 683 hours training. Photo Princeton GSAR Facebook
Teen missing in Manning Park found after 24 hours

Young man spends night on mountain and survives with just a few scrapes

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop live horse export

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

This goose family went for a leisurely stroll down Vernon’s Main Street Saturday, April 25. (Dave Deshane photo)
Controversial Vernon goose cull won’t fly this year

Necessary permit procedures held up at a federal level

Mounties cover a burgundy truck with a tent at Buckerfields in West Kelowna on Monday, June 14. The RCMP is investigating after a woman’s body was found inside the truck. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
West Kelowna RCMP investigating suspicious death after body found in truck

Police responded to a truck parked out front of a Main Street business where the body was found

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver will golf from sunrise to sunset to raise funds for ALS on June 29. (Submitted)
Golfing from sunrise to sunset in Oliver for ALS

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club have taken up the challenge June 29

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials watching U.K.’s Delta variant struggles, ‘may need to slow’ plan going forward

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

Most Read