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City of Surrey Pilots Unique Sustainability Outreach Program

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September 10, 2013

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey is set to launch a year-long pilot project focused on educating and saving residents money while meeting the City’s commitment to sustainability, with the added benefit of creating opportunities for youth employment and skills development. The project, to be rolled out this fall, will bring education on waste diversion and water and energy conservation to 15 multi-family development buildings in the City.

This project is unique to the Lower Mainland and comes as a result of collaboration among City departments. The concept behind the City’s existing ‘Operation Save H2O’ water conservation education program, originally established in 2008, will be expanded to include energy conversation and waste diversion, and will be applied to the unique challenges of multi-family buildings using a volunteer ambassador approach. The pilot project’s focus is to encourage change in residents’ behaviour through adoption of sustainable practices.

“Residents will be provided with information on how sustainable practices around energy, water use, and waste diversion can be easily adapted into their lives and save them money,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Resident participation is key to building and maintaining Surrey as a sustainable city.”

“This program is a win-win in terms of its benefits,” said Surrey Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. “It is cost-efficient, the education provided will help residents save money, and it is aligned with the goals of the City’s Sustainability Charter. This demonstrates the City’s commitment to forward-thinking solutions that make sense.”

The City’s staff of student ambassadors from the ‘Operation Save H2O’ program will receive additional training in preparation for the pilot project. Visit www.surrey.ca/sustainability for more information about the City of Surrey’s Sustainability Charter.

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For media inquiries/interview requests:

Amanda Silvers
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604-591-4519
ajsilvers@surrey.ca

For program information:

Anna Mathewson
Manager, Sustainability
City of Surrey
604-598-5833
amathewson@surrey.ca