Earth Hour

Thank you to everyone who participated in Earth Hour 2017!

At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, lights were switched off in Saint Paul and around the globe for Earth Hour. Beyond the hour, the City encourages you to find new ways to conserve energy on a daily basis. Resources to help you conserve energy are listed at the bottom of this page.

Saint Paul Landmarks Participating in 2017:

  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • Ramsey County Courthouse/Saint Paul City Hall
  • Landmark Center
  • Wells Fargo Place
  • First National Bank Building
  • U.S. Bank Center (60 Livingston Ave. & 101 East 5th St.)
  • Town Square
  • Ecolab (370 Wabasha & 1 Ecolab Place)
  • RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center/Minnesota Wild
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • 375 Jackson building
  • Park Square Court
  • District Energy St. Paul (10th Street Plant, Nyman Center & Jemne Building)
  • Saint Paul George Latimer Public Library
  • Ramsey County Public Libraries
  • Ramsey County North Suburban Courts
  • Ramsey County Sheriff Patrol Station
  • Ramsey County Public Works Facility
  • Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Building
  • Ramsey County Government Center East
  • Rice Park
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Union Depot

Earth Hour is an annual event during which hundreds of millions of people from all over the world participate by turning off their lights for that one hour. In 2017, 187 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action and over 3100 landmarks and monuments participated. Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of Earth’s natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature. Visit the WWF's website for details and ideas on how you can participate.

Resources for Residents

image We’re here to help you learn about, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Through our programs and outreach, the Alliance for Sustainability has mobilized thousands of citizens and conscious consumers, congregations and communities to move toward sustainability 

The Minnesota Energy Challenge is an online action guide for reducing energy waste in our state. Energy efficiency has never been so fun and easy! Launched in 2006 by local nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment, the MN Energy Challenge provides in-depth guides to reducing energy waste in your home, including practical information about savings and cost. 

The Lending Center at the Center for Energy and Environment provides Minnesotans with a variety of home and business improvement financing options. The Lending Center offers low-interest financing to residential property owners for rehabilitation and energy efficiency projects.

Home Energy Squad is available to homeowners who receive both natural gas and electric services from Xcel Energy, or who get natural gas from CenterPoint Energy and electric service from Xcel Energy. Home visits include installation of energy-saving products at no additional cost.

The Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) is a 30-year-old Saint Paul-based nonprofit organization that provides energy conservation information, services and programs to residents and communities across Minnesota.


Resources for Businesses

  The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) connect you and your community members with resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 
image The Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (Minnesota RETAP) provides no-cost, non-regulatory energy and waste assessments for Minnesota’s small to mid-sized businesses and public and private institutions. Assessments include an on-site visit to your facility from a team of RETAP retirees with emphasis on finding opportunities to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and conservation, and reduce operating costs. 

One-Stop Efficiency Shop® is a full-service lighting rebate program available to small businesses throughout Xcel Energy's Minnesota service territory. Program services delivered by nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment include a free lighting audit with detailed recommendations, estimated project costs, and facilitation of rebates for up to 60% of the project cost.

The Lending Center at the Center for Energy and Environment provides Minnesotans with a variety of home and business improvement financing options. The Lending Center offers low-interest financing to businesses for energy efficiency and energy-related improvements.