Celebrate Earth Hour with us!
Join the City’s annual event tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m.
How are you recognizing Earth Hour? The City of Vaughan invites you and your family to join the annual Earth Hour celebration tonight at City Hall (2141 Major Mackenzie Dr.) beginning at 6:30 p.m.
At 8:30 p.m., the City is powering down non-essential facility lights for one hour – but the fun doesn’t stop in the dark! Here’s what is happening:
Go on a nighttime walk
Explore Vaughan – in the dark! A guided nighttime walk will start at City Hall at 8:30 p.m. and take one hour to complete, roundtrip. Wear reflective clothing, bring your own flashlights and maybe even a traveller-mug with a warm drink.
Make a paper lantern
Light up the room! You and your family can get crafty and learn how to make a paper lantern on-site. Decorate it as you like and light it up with a safe battery-powered candle. Don’t forget to bring your DIY lantern on the nighttime walk!
Warm up with hot chocolate
A do-it-yourself hot chocolate station will be available.
Claim a pollinator seed packet
Thinking of growing your own pollinator-friendly garden? Register to receive a free pollinator seed packet while supplies last. The pollinator packets include planting instructions for best results and the following flower seeds: Golden Tickseed, Lanceleaf Tickseed, Blazing Star, Helenium autumnale, Common Milkweed and New England Aster. Claim your seed packet by emailing email@example.com with your full name and mailing address.
Participate in the art contest
Calling all artists – experienced or aspiring! Express your love for trees at the arts and crafts station. The City is hosting an art contest to promote the Urban Forest Management Plan, a first-of-its-kind plan to manage Vaughan’s urban forest. Submit a photo of your tree artwork to vaughan.ca/UrbanForest by Friday, April 28 for a chance to win.
Explore vendor booths
Learn from the pros! Visit the following on-site booths to learn about creating sustainable habits and how you can help protect the environment:
- Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association
- City of Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services
- York Region Environmental Alliance
- City of Vaughan Parks, Forestry and Horticulture Operations
- Maple E-Waste
- City of Vaughan Active Transportation
- City of Vaughan Solid Waste
- Retrofit Vaughan
- Elders Mills Science Projects
- Rotary Club of Woodbridge
- Foodshare Smoothie Bikes
- Earth Rangers
- Youth 2 Youth
- Conciously Clothes
- Earth Hour - T-Shirt table
- Face Painting Station
- St Andrew's Church
- 1st Maple Scouts
- Girl Guides of Canada
- Litter Ridder
And much more! Learn more about this year’s FREE in-person event at vaughan.ca/EarthHour.
Why participate in Earth Hour? This is your opportunity to help raise awareness for climate change, promote environmental stewardship and create sustainable behaviours in your own home. Learn how you can be more green at home, school or work with these tips.
“Vaughan is a green city, with sustainability at the heart of our city-building efforts. Over the past decade, the City of Vaughan has demonstrated strong leadership in the fight against climate change by planting thousands of trees, opening North Maple Regional Park and building hundreds of kilometres of cycling, pedestrian and multi-use recreational pathways. We know carbon emissions play a significant role in climate change, and conserving energy leads to cleaner air and a healthier planet, which results in a better quality of life for all. We look forward to welcoming everyone to City Hall to celebrate Earth Hour – because we all have a role to play in preserving our planet.”
- Mayor Steven Del Duca
- The City of Vaughan is recognizing Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25 by powering down non-essential facility lights for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m.
- A community event is also taking place on Saturday, March 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Vaughan City Hall. Join in!
- City of Vaughan’s Earth Hour webpage.