Thursday, March 4, 2010

Green Express Encourages Customers to Consider Earth Hour

Atlanta’s skyline will join buildings around the globe for World Wildlife Fund’s annual Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights on Saturday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. local time.

For 2010, Earth Hour Atlanta seeks metro area commitments to surpass previous participation and to make a lasting impact on energy savings.

The annual global event organized by WWF is held on the last Saturday of March. Households and businesses are asked to do something quite simple—turn off lights for one hour in a call for action on climate change.

The collective actions demonstrate what can be accomplished when working together to protect the planet for future generations. Earth Hour 2009 gained support from nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries.

Energy savings affect water supply, air quality and economic development, all critical issues for Atlanta. “Our goal this year is to provide more ways for people to participate in Atlanta and learn what they can do beyond Earth Hour to make our communities more sustainable,” said Executive Director of Sustainable Atlanta Lynnette Young.

Earth Hour metrics are based on commitments made at To list a building—business, church, school, university, government—add it after entering your name when pledging. More than 400 buildings participated in the 2009 metro Atlanta effort.

"The momentum built over the last two years is certainly evident in the interest in participation we have across the City of Atlanta. We are committed to reducing our energy consumption at this hour, on this day; and throughout the year in city facilities," said Director of Sustainability, City of Atlanta Mandy Mahoney.

The “go-to” web site for local information on Earth Hour Atlanta is with updates posted at .

Activities include the Earth Hour Family Fun Festival on Saturday, March 27 at Atlantic Station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entertainment features the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, arts and crafts, kids’ parade, environmentally conscious vendors and children’s poster contest winners.

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