Monthly Archives: March 2016

Join the Stair Challenge – April 4 to 8

Count the stairs, not elevator stops – conserve electricity

Health is not the only thing that benefits from climbing the stairs. It can also save you a great amount of time and reduce energy consumption. It’s sometimes much faster to take the stairs, especially during peak times when elevators take a long time to arrive on your floor. It is also good for the environment because it reduces energy consumption.

Why take the stairs?

  • Using the stairs burns twice as many calories as walking
  • Regular stair users have greater leg strength and aerobic capacity than non-climbers
  • Taking the stairs is often faster than waiting for the elevator
  • Stair climbing can increase bone density and help prevent osteoporosis
  • Stair climbing can help with weight loss, reduced blood pressure, and cholesterol
  • Walking up the stairs burns almost 5 times more calories than riding an elevator
  • Reduces energy consumption

Tips to incorporate stair climbing into your daily routine:

  • Challenge your colleagues to take part in the Stair Challenge
  • Start slowly: climb two flights per day at the beginning and gradually increase the number of flights
  • If your office is located on a higher floor, take the elevator two or three flights below your designated floor and walk the rest of the way up

Stair climbing health and safety tips:

  • Take your time and watch your step
  • Breathe: stair climbing uses large lower body muscle groups and provides a great cardiovascular challenge. Steady breathing throughout your climb will provide oxygen to your muscles and help fuel them to move on

Apps to help you track your progress:

Noom Walk Pedometer on Android or Apple
Runtastic Pedometer Lite on Android or Apple
Accupedo Pedometer on Android or Apple
Fitbit (wristband and app required)

Share Your Participation!

Take a photo of your stair climbing activities and share it with us, and you could win a $50 Prepaid Visa!* You can post them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or by email. When posting on Twitter or Instagram, be sure to follow us and use the hashtag #720healthmonth. Taking a group photo? Email us the names of the participants along with the photo, and each person will be entered into the draws.

Participants who share photos from all activities during the month of April are eligible. Winners will be selected and announced on the website on Friday, May 6th. Please provide your name and the name of your employer at 720 King West.

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Email: 720greencouncil@greenreason.ca

Facebook: facebook.com/720access

Twitter: @720access #720healthmonth

Instagram: 720access #720healthmonth

*Please note that this contest is open to occupants of 720 King West only. You must be employed in the building at the time the winners are announced.

Earth Hour 2016 at 720 King

720 King is proud to support Earth Hour, a global WWF climate change initiative that aims to create awareness of people taking responsibility towards a sustainable future by turning the lights off.

What Do People Do?

Millions of people turn off their lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm until 9:30pm in their local times on the second-to-last and last weekend of March. Why the end of March? It’s around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinoxes in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively, which allows for near coincidental sunset times in both hemispheres, thereby ensuring the greatest visual impact for a global ‘lights out’ event.  Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas have stood in darkness during previous Earth Hours. Some people enjoy Earth Hour with a candle-lit dinner or a candle-lit bath, while others host large events or parties, either in darkness or with candles, to celebrate Earth Hour.

Businesses and government organizations, as well as community and political leaders also take part in Earth Hour. It’s about giving people a voice on the planet’s future and working together to create a sustainable low carbon future for planet earth.

Background

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. This event saw 2.2 million homes and businesses turn their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change that year. Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating in 2008. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the CN Tower in Toronto, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness for Earth Hour. In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour.

WWF, which organizes the annual Earth Hour event, aims to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment. It also focuses on building a future where people live in harmony with nature. The organization functions through a network of more than 90 offices in more than 40 countries worldwide. Its first office was founded in Morges, Switzerland, on September 11, 1961.

Turn off/Unplug at 720 King on March 19, 2016

Turn out the lights in your suite for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday, March, 19 2016 and encourage staff, colleagues and their families to commit to ongoing positive actions for the environment both in the workplace and at home. If your office is vacated at that hour, ensure all non-essential lights and equipment is turned off before leaving on Friday evening. You could also turn off your lights for an hour on Friday, March 18that a time of your choosing.

Communicate Earth Hour to your other offices nationally and globally
Encourage organization-wide participation in Earth Hour as well as a commitment to actions beyond the hour that reduce your organization’s ecological footprint.

Communicate Earth Hour to your partners and clients. Share information about what your organization is doing to reduce its environmental impact with partners and clients, and urge them to consider what they can do.

Communicate Earth Hour to customers: Encourage them to take part in Earth Hour 2016 at 8.30pm on Saturday 26 March and commit to an ongoing action that benefits the planet.

    • Include a link to the Earth Hour website from your homepage or host an Earth Hour banner on your homepage.
    • Include Earth Hour in any email or SMS bulletins you send to customers.
    • Include Earth Hour messages on bills/statements/catalogues/other printed material you send to customers.
    • Run joint promotions in the lead-up to Earth Hour.

For more information, visit the WWF Canada website.