Power down for an hour for Miners’ Hall upgrades in Rossland

Get your pledges ready for Earth Hour and you could help win a $5,000 energy upgrade for the Miners’ Hall.

Get your pledges ready for Earth Hour and you could help win a $5,000 energy upgrade for the Miners’ Hall. FortisBC is offering the reward for the community who has the most pledges before Earth Day, which is March 31. If you do the pledge, which is simply to turn off all lights and electronics for one hour at 8:30 p.m. on that day, you could also win a trip to the Manteo Resort in Kelowna.

The Rossland Council of Arts and Culture (RCAC) is behind the upgrade project to the Miners’ Hall, which represents the project for Rossland in the contest.

Renate Fleming from the RCAC hopes that everyone in Rossland goes onto fortisbc.ca/earthhour and ledges the to turn off their lights and electronics for the hour.

are also trying to get as many community  businesses and organizations involved as they can, such as Rossland Recreation, the Rossland Chamber of Commerce and the Rossland Schools.

“A lot of businesses said they’re love to have the poster (to display,” she said. “So it’s kind of a community thing.”

Fleming said the upgrades could include things that make the hall more energy efficient, like storm windows.

“There’s a lot of heat that gets lost through the windows, because they’re old,” she said. “But to keep the heritage look, because a lot of them are still original,  storm windows were suggested to us. We’d like to keep as much as possible to the look of the old building.”

Fleming said that they don’t know how the contest is going in terms of Rossland pledges, because FortisBC doesn’t show that info until the end of the contest. So the RCAC are just trying to motivate people to pledge the hour and hope all goes well.

Fleming also brought up the individual prize of the Manteo Resort in Kelowna.

“Hopefully that and the Miners’ Hall, which everybody in the community loves it enough motivation,” she said.

Click here to pledge to switch off during Earth Hour March 31 at 8:30 p.m.

UPDATE: To see the live results click here.

At the moment Rossland is trailing far behind Salmo and Kaslo and Crawford Bay.

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