The City of Oshawa is committed to Environmental Leadership through the Oshawa Strategic Plan - Creating Our Sustainable Tomorrow.
Oshawa is a recognized leader in many areas, including brownfield development, naturalization, energy conservation, integrated pest management, municipal beautification and volunteer participation through the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee (O.E.A.C.), Communities in Bloom, Community Clean-up and other programs.
Oshawa Earth Hour
The Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee (O.E.A.C.) invites you, your family and friends to attend Oshawa's Earth Hour Event on March 28, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at the Regent Theatre, 50 King Street East, Oshawa.
This fun evening will include presentations and displays with information on what you can do to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and save money on your energy bill. The evening will also feature a screening of the film "No Impact Man”, and prizes for the best eco-tips.
Light refreshments will be provided, along with a cash bar. Admission is FREE. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted.
If you are unable to attend the Regent Theatre event, the O.E.A.C. reminds everyone to turn out their lights and other non-essential power during Earth Hour – 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Carbon Reduction Challenge
The O.E.A.C.'s Carbon Reduction Challenge will be launched during the Earth Hour event on March 28, and will continue until Earth Day, April 22.
Daily challenges will be posted on the City’s website, along with Twitter (#OshEco) and Facebook.
The O.E.A.C. is working with its partners at U.O.I.T., Durham College and the Oshawa Public Libraries to spread the word about how committing to small daily challenges can add up to big savings – both for your wallet and the environment.
The Oshawa Public Libraries will be collecting your creative ideas on how to “reduce the juice”, as well as provide information and resources to help you with the daily challenges. At the end of Challenge, the best tipsters will win eco-friendly prizes.
Eco-tips can also be dropped off at Service Oshawa, 50 Centre Street South, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Week One Challenges
Day 1 – Saturday, March 28 - Observe Earth Hour 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- Attend Oshawa's Kick-off to our 26-Day Carbon Reduction Challenge at The Regent Theatre, 50 King Street East at 7:00 p.m.
- Share your favourite Eco-friendly tip for a chance to win a door prize.
- Turn off your lights, T.V., appliances and non-essential power before you leave home.
- If you stay at home, spend the evening storytelling or catching up on some extra sleep.
- Remember fire safety during Earth Hour.
- Visit Earth Hour Canada for more information about what’s happening across the country.
Day 2 – Sunday, March 29 - Math Anyone? – Calculate your Carbon Footprint
- Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that you and your activities generate.
- Carbon calculators can add up your daily activities – everything from the burger you ate at lunch, to your daily commute - and translate them into equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide.
- Canadians are the second largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions, per capita, in the world.
- Commit to one activity a day to reduce your carbon footprint.
- Calculate your carbon footprint to find out how you can reduce your energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and save money in the process.
Day 3 – Monday, March 30 - Don't Be All Washed Up – Reduce Water Use
- 95 percent of the water you use in your home is consumed in your bathroom and laundry room.
- On average, of all indoor water use, toilets account for 35 percent and showers 30 percent.
- Laundry accounts for 30 percent.
- Drinking and cooking only accounts for five percent.
- Replacing your existing toilet(s) with a high efficiency (4.8L or less) model can provide you with substantial savings on your water and sewer bill.
- Installing water-efficient aerators and showerheads is another great way to reduce your water consumption
- Shortening your shower times – if you put a timer in your bathroom, kids will love racing the clock.
- Check out the following for more great ideas:
Day 4 – Tuesday, March 31 - Chill Out! - Setback your Thermostat
- Nearly 60 percent of energy used by Canadian homes is directly related to heating.
- Turn your home thermostat down by one degree during the day and two degrees at night and when you go away on vacation.
- Learn about OPUC’s Peak Saver Program to help you reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and air conditioning costs in the summer.
- For more great home energy conservation tips and money-saving coupons, check out Save on Energy.
Day 5 – Wednesday, April 1 - Catch a Thief – Stop Phantom Energy
- Many electronic devices use electricity even when turned off (DVD, printers, microwave).
- Unplug devices when not in use or use a power bar to turn off devices not in use.
- Here’s a list of the 26 Top Energy Stealth Hogs.
Day 6 – Thursday, April 2 - Say no to landfill – donate, trade or sell used items
- In 2008, Canadians disposed of 2.1 kilograms of waste per person per day.
- Take advantage of Durham Region’s Reuse Days –good, used items will be donated to Habitat for Humanity http://www.habitatdurham.com/ , Canadian Diabetes Association, Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
- Sell used items online or trade for things you need.
- For more ideas, check out Where to Donate items in Durham Region.
Day 7 – Friday, April 3 - Be Green, When you Clean
- Chemical cleaners end up in our water system when they are washed down the drain or evaporate releasing harmful chemical into the environment.
- Make your own cleaners – vinegar, baking soda and lemon are your new best friends.
- Instead of fabric softener, for static cling, dampen your hands when you shake out clothes from the drier or line dry your clothes.
- Find out more about Non-Toxic Home Cleaning.
Resources and Related Websites
Energy Projects & Organizations:
Events and Campaigns
Food and Farming
Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee
Parks, Trails and Open Space
Senior Environmental Coordinator
5th Floor, Rundle Tower, City Hall
50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z7
905-436-3311 ext 2132