Clean Energy Petition Show of Support at City Hall

March 8, 2011 (Ottawa) – Ecology Ottawa is mobilizing citizens citywide to attend the Special City Council meeting related to Budget 2011happening in Andrew S. Haydon Hall today in a show of support for the organization’s Clean Energy Petition.

As of today, 1,750 Ottawa citizens (representing every Ward in the city) had signed the Clean Energy Petition, which says:

“We, the undersigned, fully support clean energy in Ottawa. We recognize that investing in clean and efficient energy systems is about saving money and doing the right thing at the same time. With this in mind, we call on Council to invest in the health and prosperity of our city and to make clean energy a funding priority during the upcoming budget debate.

We call on our Mayor and all City Councillors to use Budget 2011 to show financial and political support for renewable energy production— such as solar panels on municipally-owned buildings—energy efficiency improvements to social housing, a program to leverage community investment in renewable energy, as well as incentives to ensure more green buildings are built in Ottawa.”

Ecology Ottawa supporters will don green hard hats to signify our desire for the city to commit to clean energy and the creation of green-collared jobs.

Media are invited to attend the event and photo opportunity at City Hall. Details are found below:

What: Clean Energy Petition Show of Support

Where: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. (Lisgar Street entrance)

When: 12:15-12:45 p.m.

As well, please find the event agenda below:

12:15 p.m. — Individuals assemble at Lisgar St. entrance to City Hall (at Cartier St.)

12:25 p.m. — Brief remarks from Ecology Ottawa

12:30-12:45 p.m. — Individuals wearing green hard hats silently walk into Council Chambers and respectfully watch the proceedings for 15 minutes*

* Though we will be silent, and will in no way interrupt the proceedings of the City Council meeting, dozens of people walking into the Council Chambers and sitting together (while wearing the green hard hats) is an action that will surely get the attention of City Council.

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