Earth Hour

Participate in Earth Hour 2016!

At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016, lights were switched off in Saint Paul and around the globe for Earth Hour.

The City of Saint Paul encouraged Saint Paul residents, business owners, building managers, religious and educational institutions to join the Earth Hour effort by turning off all non-essential lights and signs on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Beyond the hour, the City encourages you to find new ways you can conserve energy on a daily basis. Resources to help you conserve energy are listed at the bottom of this page.

Watch the 2016 Earth Hour Video

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 2016, 178 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action and over 400 of the world's most iconic buildings and landmarks 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.

2016 Saint Paul Earth Hour Participants

  • Bremer Tower
  • District Energy Saint Paul
  • First National Bank Building
  • Landmark Center
  • Metropolitan State University 
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • Rice Park
  • River Centre/Xcel Energy Center/Minnesota Wild
  • Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse
  • Saint Paul Public Libraries
  • The Science Museum of Minnesota
  • US Bank – Livingston Avenue
  • US Bank Center – 101 East 5th Street
  • Wells Fargo Place

Visit Sustainable Saint Paul - Energy to learn more about how the City of Saint Paul is putting sustainable, energy conservation practices into action.

Did you join the 2016 community participants?

Let us know! Tell us how you participated in this event and share your stories or photos with City of Saint Paul Earth Hour.


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. 


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.