New Glasgow invites community participation in National Sweater Day

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NEW GLASGOW – Each February, more than a million people across Canada turn down the heat and throw on their boldest sweaters to show support for taking action on climate change. National Sweater Day, led by the World Wildlife Federation Canada, strives to spark conversations about how individuals, business, and community groups can make meaningful contributions towards energy conservation during the winter months and a better planet.

This is an initiative that has been endorsed and supported by The Town of New Glasgow for many years-to promote energy conservation, support environmental stewardship and to make a symbolic yet meaningful gesture about taking steps to address climate change. New Glasgow also supports Earth Hour and Earth Day projects.

New Glasgow departments will reduce temperature on each thermostat in their workplace by two degrees on Sweater Day, Thursday, Feb.y 2, and bundle up with some fun sweaters. Sweater Day 2017 falls on Groundhog Day this year, so participants are asked to show their most cozy sweater as well as predictions of whether it will be six more weeks of winter or an early Spring! Each Department will choose a finalist to be judged in the Town’s Best Sweater Contest that afternoon. This year Pictou County Big Brothers Big Sisters and the United Way of Pictou County are also on board and will be participating in the best sweater competition. Tim Hortons also supports the promotion of Sweater Day and will be offering prizes to the best sweaters from the employees from the town, Big Brothers and the United Way. Judges for the contest will be Terry Curley, director of Operations, Pictou County Tim Hortons, Kristi Russell of the New Glasgow Farmers Market and Mayor Nancy Dicks.

“The Town of New Glasgow actively participates in Sweater Day by encouraging employees and the community to get in the spirit of the event and have some fun while also being environmental stewards,” says New Glasgow Mayor Dicks.

“We hope that town employee and community challenges will spur some excitement among our staff and residents and that we will see them participate by throwing on a warm sweater and turning down the heat. It is wonderful to see Big Brothers Big Sisters and The United Way as leading community organizations join in the fun,” she adds.

The town invites the community at large to get involved in this national campaign and invites the public to submit photos by emailing them to janine.linthorne@newglasgow.ca for a chance to win a prize of a two tickets to the ECMA Songwriters Writers Circle on February 11 at Glasgow Square Theatre.

“We hope people dig out their best sweaters and get into their predictions of what the groundhog will predict”, adds New Glasgow Program & Events Aassistant Janine Linthorne.

The WWF Canada explains that if every Canadian lowered the heat by just 2º C this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by four megatons! Information about National Sweater Day will be shared through the Town of New Glasgow’s Website, Facebook and Twitter account.

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