Woodbine Entertainment Group announced today it
will join thousands of organizations around the world and participate in
Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29.
Earth Hour will assemble the conservation efforts of a wide range of
corporate, government and community groups, all of whom will turn off
their lights for 60 minutes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The intent of the symbolic event, which is being organized in at least
12 world class cities, is to build awareness about climate change and
symbolize how a cohesive group of individuals acting in unison can make
"We are in full support of Earth Hour and the awareness it will
create," said Jane Holmes, vice-president of corporate affairs, Woodbine
"Woodbine Entertainment Group has undertaken many
initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint. We were recently
recognized by Peter Love, Ontario's chief energy conservation officer
for our efforts. For Earth Hour we are going even further to reduce our
energy consumption at all of our sites."
While the outside lights over the Toronto oval must remain on during
Earth Hour, for the safety of horses and drivers competing, Woodbine
plans to support the initiative by eliminating lights in certain areas
of the grandstand and lowering air and water temperatures. Mohawk,
Greenwood Teletheatre and WEGZ Stadium Bar will show their support by
reducing exterior lighting. Turf Lounge which does not operate on
Saturday evenings, will be closed as usual.
Earth Hour is intended to inspire consumers and businesses to consider
what actions they may be able to take to reduce their 'carbon
footprints' - a measure (in carbon dioxide) of greenhouse gases one
contributes to the environment from their collective activities.
"We encourage our fans and employees to consider how their actions
effect the environment and challenge everyone to come up with ways of
reducing the size of the ecological footprint they leave behind," added
For individual citizens, Earth Hour's website suggests that residents
show their commitment to the cause by replacing their standard light
bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. For more information and
to learn other ways of preventing climate change, visit
www.earthhour.org and add your name to the movement's list of 196,882
citizens and 12,874 businesses.
Earth Hour originated in 2007 in Sydney. The power and popularity of
the event rapidly turned it into a global movement.