Earth Hour City Challenge
Cast your vote to celebrate Canadian cities making strides towards sustainability
Canadians can start voting for their favourite sustainable city in the WWF’s We Love Cities campaign, part of WWF’s annual Earth Hour City Challenge.
The three Canadian cities in the running for the Global Earth Hour Capital 2016 award – for the city that goes above and beyond to create a more sustainable, climate-friendly future – are Edmonton, Vancouver and the District of Saanich, B.C.
This year, the Earth Hour City Challenge focuses on “Bridging the Gap,” the difference between global climate commitments and the additional actions necessary to keep global warming below the 2°C mark. In all, 46 cities around the world are being recognized for setting the pace for environmentally friendly innovation.
How you can participate
During the We Love Cities campaign (April 26 – June 19), you can show your support for the progress finalist cities are making towards sustainability and provide input on what they can do to help Bridge the Gap.
- Vote for your favourite sustainable city at:
- Share what you love about them
- Submit suggestions for how they can be more sustainable
About the Canadian contenders:Vote for District of Saanich
The District of Saanich has been chosen for its focus on sustainable transportation and buildings, achieving their goals by removing high-carbon intensive heating oil systems from buildings, helping local residents to track and control their carbon footprint with a ‘Community Carbon Calculator’ and increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations across the city.
Vote for Vancouver
Not only is it Vancouver’s goal is to be ‘The Greenest City in the World’ by 2020, by 2050 it is committed to 100 per cent renewable resources. Vancouver is being celebrated for its innovative initiatives in green building retrofits, ‘Neighborhood Renewable Energy Strategy’ and improving public greenspace and biodiversity.
Vote for Edmonton
The City of Edmonton is being celebrated for its ongoing efforts to increase adoption of renewable energy, its goal to halve emissions from city operations by 2020 and the implementation of the world’s first waste-to-biofuel facility that will keep 90 per cent of the city’s waste out of landfills.