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First ever "Turn Down the Heat Week" doubles donation target

FortisBC and Business Improvement Areas of B.C. team up to donate sweaters and 
raise awareness of energy efficiency 
SURREY, BC, Feb. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - FortisBC and the Business Improvement Areas 
of B.C. have tallied their results from the first-ever "Turn Down the Heat 
Week." From February 2 to 9, the organizations encouraged British Columbians 
to turn down the heat and donate warm clothing to those in need. Over 5,000 
sweaters - double the goal of 2,500 - were collected by local businesses and 
FortisBC employees. 
"BIABC and its members should be commended for their great effort," said Doug 
Stout, vice president of energy solutions and external relations with 
FortisBC. "Equally, FortisBC employees stepped up across British Columbia to 
collect and donate sweaters, while asking customers to make small, but 
important, changes regarding energy use." 
Participating businesses in 16 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) from 
Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and the Interior rallied customers, fellow 
businesses, and municipalities to turn down the thermostat and find creative 
ways to raise awareness of energy conservation. Some businesses held sales of 
hot drinks, warm clothing, scarves and even provided incentives of hot 
chocolate in exchange for sweater donations. 
"We are overwhelmed by the positive response to '"Turn Down the Heat Week" and 
are particularly appreciative of all of the businesses which turned down 
their thermostats and jumped in to collect this amazing number of sweaters," 
said Ken Kelly, Chair of BIABC and General Manager of the Downtown Victoria 
Business Association. "Business improvement associations in our province are 
well-known for their engagement in their communities and this campaign has 
really been a great demonstration of this." 
FortisBC employees from 10 locations across the province collected 300 
sweaters for donation to local community organizations. 
"This campaign not only gave us an opportunity to save energy, give to charity 
and promote business during a typically slow time, but it had value to our 
downtown businesses, knowing that they were participating with other 
communities across B.C.," said Corry Hostetter, General Manager of the 
Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association, which contributed an 
amazing 926 sweaters to Aids Vancouver Island 
"Not only were we very excited to be part of this campaign but City Council 
proclaimed February 2 to 9 "Turn Down the Heat Week" in the City of Williams 
Lake in an effort to get more people thinking about energy conservation," said 
Judy O'Neill, Executive Director of the Williams Lake Central Business 
Improvement Association, which gathered up a remarkable 555 sweaters for the 
Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre & Canadian Mental Health 
Association. 
The mission of the Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC) is 
to demonstrate leadership that will champion strong, vibrant, and successful 
downtowns, main streets, and commercial districts throughout British Columbia. 
A vibrant and thriving downtown commercial area is the barometer of a healthy 
community. BIABC represents 55 BIA's and 60,000 businesses throughout B.C. 
www.bia.bc.ca. http://www.facebook.com/turndowntheheatweek 
FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, 
including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy solutions. 
FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and serves approximately 
1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is 
indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned 
distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated 
hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of 
transmission and distribution power lines, and approximately 47,000 kilometres 
of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., 
FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC 
Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed 
on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional 
information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.   
BACKGROUNDER 
The following Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) participated in "Turn 
Down the Heat Week": 


    --  Abbotsford Downtown Business Association
    --  Collingwood Business Improvement Association
    --  Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association
    --  Downtown Courtenay BIA
    --  Downtown Langley Business Association
    --  Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association
    --  Downtown Nanaimo BIA
    --  Downtown Penticton
    --  Downtown Victoria Business Improvement Association
    --  Hastings North BIA
    --  Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association
    --  Point Grey Village BIA
    --  Sechelt Downtown Business Association
    --  South Hill (Fraser Street) Business Association
    --  West Broadway BIA
    --  Williams Lake BIA

To access high resolution images from "Turn Down the Heat Week" follow this 
link: http://www.bia.bc.ca/index.php?page_id=1055



MEDIA CONTACT: Tracy Tang Corporate Communications Advisor FortisBC Phone: 
604-592-7632 Email:tracy.tang@fortisbc.com fortisbc.com twitter.com/fortisBC 
youtube.com/fortisBC

MEDIA CONTACT: Ken Kelly BIABC Chair Downtown Victoria Business Improvement 
Association Phone: 250-386-2239 Email:ken@downtownvictoria.ca

SOURCE: FortisBC

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CO: FortisBC Inc.
ST: British Columbia
NI: OIL UTI CHARITY 

-0- Feb/18/2013 20:16 GMT


 
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