CFB Borden is committed to reducing its overall impact on the environment through energy conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting these goals requires the active participation of all personnel and students at CFB Borden.
Last March, CFB Borden reinforced its environmental commitment by once again being an official participant in the Earth Hour campaign. Earth Hour is an international initiative that aims to increase awareness of global climate change by encouraging participants to switch off non-essential lighting and electrical devices for one hour. The result is a powerful demonstration of the importance of our individual actions in contributing to the overall goal of environmental sustainability.
Earth Hour 2023 will be held on 25 March 2023 from 2030 to 2130 hrs. All CFB Borden personnel are asked to switch off non-essential lighting and electrical devices before leaving work on 24 March 2023. Equipment will be turned back on upon return to work on Monday morning. All staff, students and residents on Base are also encouraged to participate at home on the evening of 25 March 2023.
I am proud to have CFB Borden participate in the Earth Hour initiative. However, we must remember that our environmental commitment is not limited to one hour, one day, or to one event. Personnel at all levels should continue to seek opportunities for improving energy efficiency and integrating conservation measures into their daily operations. Some simple things that can be done all year long that make a difference include:
- Do not let vehicles idle unnecessarily (as outlined in BBSAI 108).
- Use large household appliances during off-peak hours to reduce the electrical load on the power grid.
- Replace incandescent and halogen lights with LED replacements.
- Install a programmable thermostat and reduce energy consumption when nobody is home.
- Replace the air filter on your furnace.
- Use a toaster oven instead of your stove oven.
Through individual efforts and our collective commitment towards change, CFB Borden military and civilian members can continue to play a leadership role in sustaining a healthy environment for the future generations to come.
Par: CFB Borden/MPGTG Commander Col Michaud