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March 2, 2012

DST, GLOBE, Small Business Funding, Water Week... as we March toward Earth Hour

It seems February leapt past us, despite the extra day this year. But this is always the case, and it always will be – regardless of whether climate change results in more or less leap years in the future.

And so here we are: March. A month packed with climate action opportunities!

On the events calendar, it starts with the Fresh Outlook Foundation’s Building Sustainable Communities conference in Kelowna. Then, mid-month Vancouver plays host to the 12th international GLOBE conference and trade fair on business and the environment. (Be sure to follow our tweets during these events).

Canada Water Week happens this year from the 19th to the 25th – pay attention to Living Water Smart for even more information.

Small Business Energy Resources

If you haven’t already noticed, the LiveSmart BC Small Business Program has launched an interactive map to help you find Business Energy Advisors in your region.  BEAs are available to visit eligible businesses and work directly with them to identify potential energy and money saving opportunities, including lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation improvements.

Additionally, if you are a small business owner in Winfield, you join the ranks of eligibility to take part in the Fortis BC “FLIP” Direct Install program which coordinates and funds 100 per cent of the cost to install select products such as energy efficient lighting and lighting controls and pre-rinse spray valves to conserve hot water in commercial kitchens.

And finally, for Small Business across the province – time is running out for you to submit your LiveSmart Champion Program application: providing up to $25,000 (total of $550,000) in funding to selected businesses to develop creative ways to conserve energy.  The deadline for your Letter of Interest is March 21st!

Earth Hour = 8:30pm on March 31st

WWF Canada is once again encouraging you to participate in Earth Hour by turning off your lights (and reducing your other energy usage) for an hour on the last Saturday of the month. Last year they introduced a smartphone app to help you share your actions with others – we are looking forward to seeing what they have cooked up this year.

Speaking of “hours” – don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead before you go to bed on Saturday the 10th (unless you live in Creston, Peace River). Daylight Savings Time does just what is says... one of the easiest ways to LiveSmart!

Remember: You Choose, You Save.

  • What are you doing in March? Are you participating in any of the activities mentioned above?
    Let us know! (in the comments below) And let us know of any other climate-actions you plan on taking as well!

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