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City Takes Power Pledge


May 10, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Hydro are encouraging residents to take the Power Pledge as part of the Ontario Power Authority’s Community Conservation Challenge. The Challenge is a friendly competition between Ontario communities to be recognized as one of Ontario’s most conservation-conscious communities. To take the Power Pledge visit: www.thunderbay.ca/powerpledge

“Energy conservation is our new reality,” says Mayor Lynn Peterson. “We are taking action as a municipality to reduce energy use through the EarthWise Community Environmental Action Plan. We are focusing on our municipal facilities and fleet, as well as user behaviour. We hope that Thunder Bay residents will put us on the map by showing that they too are clean, green, beautiful and proud by taking the pledge and making meaningful changes in their energy consumption habits.”

Participating municipalities can compete in two different challenges: the highest per capita participation and the highest percentage drop in electricity consumption on Aug.11. The Power Pledge encourages all Ontarians to take simple, meaningful conservation actions that will save money, save energy and help the environment.

In Thunder Bay, the Power Pledge Campaign is being coordinated through the EarthWise Energy Working Group which includes participation from the City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Hydro, Ontario Power Generation, EcoSuperior, Lakehead University, Environment North, and the Superior Renewable Energy Coop, as well as individuals. EarthWise Thunder Bay is using the Challenge to help promote community involvement in energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reduction in people’s everyday lives.

By taking the pledge, Ontarians will receive 20 AIR MILES reward miles and an additional 10 AIR MILES reward miles will be donated on their behalf to a participating charity of choice.
The Power Pledge campaign is a conservation awareness initiative developed by the Ontario Power Authority and co-sponsored by WWF Canada. To date, more than 60 Ontario communities have signed up, well on the way to achieving a target of 100+ communities, representing 80% of Ontarians.

Visit www.powerpledge.ca for more information.

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Contact: Sarah Kerton, Community Environment Action Plan Coordinator, 625-2411 or skerton@thunderbay.ca,www.earthwisethunderbay.com