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
"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
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.
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.
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
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MEDIA CONTACT: Ken Kelly BIABC Chair Downtown Victoria Business Improvement
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