July 2009 – Greenbridge Partners/Members of the NATO PA Science and Technology Committee visited the United States Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, energy security, as well as the security implications of new technologies were major themes of the visit of the NATO parliamentary delegation to Boston, Livermore and Monterey on 6-10 July. S Seventeen members of the Science and Technology Committee (STC), led by STC Vice-Chairman Senator Pierre Claude Nolin (Canada), were briefed by and had discussions with eminent American experts and scholars, and visited leading R&D institutions in the field of defence technology, including Raytheon, Sandia National Laboratories and the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. Another theme (organized by Greenbridge) and which featured strongly in briefings and discussions was energy and environmental security. The Assembly delegation was briefed on a number of technological innovations that could help address the challenge of developing our economies in an environmentally sustainable fashion. It was stressed that nuclear energy should be an important part of the energy mix.
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Ottawa – Saturday, March 28, marked the City of Ottawa’s second consecutive year participating in the global initiative Earth Hour. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., lights were turned out at businesses and homes throughout the city in order to reduce electrical consumption and raise awareness about climate change.
Once again, Ottawa has surpassed itself and has the electricity consumption figures to prove it – a 43,580 kilowatt-hour drop, or six per cent reduction.
“Not only does the increase from four per cent last year to a six per cent reduction in consumption this year save enough electricity to power 58 homes for a month, but it also demonstrates how a simple act conducted on a collective basis can make a difference,” said Mayor Larry O’Brien. “This year, we increased our effort to reach out to young people in classrooms all across the city, and I have no doubt that it was this extra effort that helped contribute to the success of Earth Hour 2009.”
Ottawa was one of the first cities in Canada and the world to participate in Earth Hour. This year, Ottawa joined 4,000 other cities in 88 countries around the globe in the growing initiative.
“I want to thank all residents, schools and businesses in Ottawa for participating, as well as my colleagues on Council for supporting the Earth Hour campaign,” said Mayor O’Brien. “I would also like to thank our partners – the Ottawa Sun / 24 Hours, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and, in particular, Rosemarie Leclair, President and CEO of the Hydro Group of Companies – for their contribution.”
Earth Hour is a global campaign, initiated by the World Wildlife Fund in Sydney, Australia in 2007. The campaign encourages individuals and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour and take up the challenge of fighting global warming.
For more information on Earth Hour, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
Earth Hour Celebration
A 60x 40 foot banner Earth Hour banner was unfurled to mark the launch of the Earth Hour campaign
ENGO Breakfast (WWF Canada)
Earth Hour Media Awareness Breakfast
Left: Earth Hour Partner – Tracey Clark, Founder Bridgehead,Center: His Worship Larry O’Brien, Mayor of Ottawa.Right: Craig Stewart, Director of Arctic
Visiting schools and promoting Earth Hour throughout the Community.
60,000 Bridgehead coffee/tea cups sported Earth Hour stickers as part of the Public Relations Community outreach the week leading up to Earth Hour 2010.
Award winning smiles
Claudia, Kyra and James enjoy Earth Hour with Sparty Owl and Panda