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Surrey a finalist in Earth Hour challenge

Surrey is one of 17 cities worldwide identified by the World Wildlife Foundation as striving to be
Surrey is one of 17 cities worldwide identified by the World Wildlife Foundation as striving to be 'greener, cleaner and more sustainable.'
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Surrey is one three Canadian cities selected as a finalist in the World Wildlife Foundation's (WWF) Earth Hour City Challenge.

The challenge, says the WWF, is meant to celebrate cities that are taking steps to become "greener, cleaner and more sustainable."

In all, 17 finalists from around the world were chosen from 66 entrants who were asked to submit "inspiring and credible urban development plans that dramatically increase the city's use of renewable energy."

All three Canadian finalists were from B.C.

“B.C.’s strong provincial climate action plan may be one reason why we have such a strong showing from cities in this province," said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International.

“The Earth Hour City Challenge clearly demonstrates that strong commitments at the local level can help reverse unsustainable trends. We applaud the many local governments who have set extremely ambitious development plans to create desirable cities by providing housing, transportation and energy which improve their citizens’ quality of life while simultaneously reducing their impact on our planet – and we encourage others to follow their lead."

The WWF says an international jury of experts will now identify one city per country worthy of the title Earth Hour Capital. These capitals, together with the Global Earth Hour Capital, will be presented at a conference on March 19 in Sweden.

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