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Earth Hour at YVR

YVR will seem a little dimmer this Saturday as some of the terminal lights are switched off for Earth Hour - an annual worldwide event that encourages everyone to turn off their lights to raise awareness about power consumption and the need to take action on climate change.

Millions of people around the world will switch off their lights on March 29, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lights in the Domestic and International terminal buildings will be turned off for one hour, but don’t worry, operations will not be affected.

For YVR, Earth Hour and sustainability means operating the airport in a way that improves the quality of life for everyone. One of the key examples of our commitment to sustainability is our use of solar powered hot water heating. Every hour, more than 800 gallons of hot water is heated by this system. So next time you’re in the terminal washing your hands, you’ll know the hot water is heated by solar panels.

And you can be a part of Earth Hour too!

Here are some tips on how you can participate:

  • Turn off your unnecessary light sources.
  • Turn off appliances you’re not using.
  • Unplug any appliances you’re not using such as cellphone chargers.
  • Spread the word about Earth Hour.
Be sure to send us your Earth Hour stories and photos to


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