Chloe McCallum

Chloe McCallum

Princeton beats Keremeos in Earth Hour challenge

Princeton narrowly beat Keremeos in the Earth Hour challenge by a margin of around two per cent.

(Click on the above photo for a slideshow)

Princeton narrowly beat Keremeos in the 2012 Earth Hour challenge by a margin of around two per cent.

Keremeos council now owes Princeton mayor and councillors dinner – the prize in a friendly bet between the two communities.

Princeton came out ahead with 24 per cent of its population pledging, while a close 22 per cent of Keremeos took part.

Seventeen communities competed, and Princeton came in third.

Salmo – a small community east of Castlegar – came in first place.

Keremeos beat Princeton and all other communities in the challenge last year, causing Princeton to step up its game this time. 

More than 120 people showed up to Princeton’s Earth Hour hotspot at Veterans Square yesterday evening for conservation-related goodies, kids’ contests, glow-stick handouts and free hotdogs.

Many business and residential lights turned off for an hour starting at 8:30 p.m., in recognition of the annual energy-saving event.

“We really believe in getting youth involved in conservation,” said Coun. Fred Armitage.

“Tonight is a wonderful, different way to get everyone out.”

In total, more than 6,000 pledges to participate were registered with FortisBC, a record-setting number that’s more than triple from last year.

This resulted in a 1.7 per cent drop in electricity consumption – or 5.48 megawatts during Earth Hour – that’s equal to switching off approximately 90,000 60W incandescent light bulbs.

In the FortisBC area last year, electricity consumption dropped by around one per cent during Earth Hour – equal to switching off about 60,000 incandescent light bulbs.

“Earth Hour 2012 showed us how easy it is to save energy and reduce GHG emissions by taking some pretty easy steps and I challenge British Columbians to continue saving energy whenever they can,” said Environment Minister Terry Lake.


Just Posted

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

Birtch Parlee is one of approximately 132,000 transgender people living across the nation, according to Statistics Canada. Photo submitted
Transgender in a small town – Princeton B.C.

“I buried it. I pushed it down. I lived a lie.”

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Dan Albas
COLUMN: Reopening the international border

Governments in Canada and the United States are working towards reopening plans for the border

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Bear wanders Kelowna on June 15. (Michelle Wallace/Facebook)
Bear climbs fence, uses crosswalk in Kelowna

The bear was spotted on Baron Road Wednesday evening

This photo of the small wildfire burning above Naramata was taken at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 (Monique Tamminga Western News)
BC Wildfire on scene of small wildfire above Naramata

Smoke has been showing since earlier in the day

Students in the Grade 10 entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School have completed a cookbook with international recipes. (Contributed)
Summerland students create virtual international cookbook

Entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School uses virtual cookbook as fundraiser

Hundreds of people, young and old, joined the three-day Walking Our Spirits Home procession, honouring residential school survivors, those who never made it home and all those affected by the institutions. Here people walk the third portion on June 13. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Walking Our Spirits Home from Kamloops provides path to healing

First Nations in and beyond Secwépemc territory join in to honour residential school survivors

More flames
Lake Country home destroyed in large blaze, 11 dogs rescued

Fire crews are responding to 10839 Hallam Drive

(Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Kelowna Cabs reaches tentative agreement with dispatchers union

The tentative agreement could help end the dispute between the taxi company and the dispatchers

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

A boat sharing service is extending to Summerland. The company, Penticton Boat Club and Rentals, is also taking over the boat rentals at Summerland Waterfront Resort. (Photo by Chris Stenberg)
Boat sharing service extended from Penticton to Summerland

Company will also operate boat rentals at Summerland Waterfront Resort

201 First Street West 1980s. Prior revitalization. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Man who redesigned downtown Revelstoke honoured with lifetime achievement award

Robert Inwood has worked on historical projects across the province

Most Read