St. Paul turns off the lights for Earth Hour

City will join county and state for global environmental movement

In an effort to draw attention to global climate change and promote energy conservation, Saint Paul will join cities across the world for Earth Hour 2012. Earth Hour, a global movement that encourages individuals, businesses and governments to take positive steps toward sustainability, will take place between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. For the second consecutive year, buildings throughout Saint Paul will turn off their lights for that hour, raising awareness about the importance of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Saint Paul’s commitment to sustainability can be seen in every corner of our city. From our new electric fleet vehicles to solar-powered charging stations to the solar electric panels on buildings across the city, Saint Paul has become a national leader in energy conservation and sustainability,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “On Saturday, we will join with cities from all over the world to highlight the importance of preserving our most critical resource: the environment.”

Local landmarks participating in Earth Hour 2012 include Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Court House, the State Capitol, , Landmark Center, Saint Paul Central Library, James J. Hill Reference Library, RiverCentre, Xcel Energy Center, Wells Fargo Place, First National Bank Building, District Energy and Rice Park. Residents of Saint Paul, businesses, houses of worship, and others are also encouraged to participate by turning off non-essential lights for the hour.

Earth Hour is intended to raise awareness and inspire people to go “beyond the hour” and make energy saving changes in their daily lives.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2 million individuals and 2000 businesses turned off their lights for one hour to take a stand on climate change. In 2011, hundreds of millions of people and over 5,200 cities in 135 countries turned off their lights, making it the largest environmental event in history.

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