Minneapolis turning out the lights to raise awareness of global climate change

As part of the worldwide Earth Hour initiative, the City will turn off all municipal building electricity uses that are not required for life, safety or operations from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. In addition, the decorative lighting on the Stone Arch Bridge will be turned off for the entire night.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global effort aimed at encouraging people to take responsibility for their impact on the planet and make changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle. During Earth Hour, millions of people will turn off their lights for one hour as a call for action on climate change. Switching off lights for Earth Hour is a symbolic action acknowledging a commitment to do something for the planet.

While the City of Minneapolis always makes a practice of shutting off electricity when it’s not needed, Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show environmental leadership and use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase the measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact. The City of Minneapolis has participated in Earth Hour since 2008.

Residents of Minneapolis are encouraged to participate in Earth Hour and reduce their energy use during every hour of the year. In Minneapolis, 40 percent of greenhouse gas pollution – which contributes to global climate change – comes from electricity.

Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007 to a 7,001-city global movement, last year reaching hundreds of millions of people in 152 countries across all seven continents.

To learn more

Learn more, sign up and share your ideas at http://earthhour.org.

View the City’s Earth Hour resolution.

Learn about Minneapolis’ sustainable policies and practices.

Lights Out for birds

Each year, the City also recognizes the buildings that participate in Audubon Minnesota’s Lights Out program. Most birds migrate at night and can be drawn off course by tall, lighted structures in their flight path. Many birds are killed or injured in collisions with buildings or drop from exhaustion after circling them, reluctant to fly out of the light. Lights Out programs can dramatically reduce these collisions.

In the voluntary program, building owners, managers and tenants work together to ensure that all unnecessary lights are off during spring and fall bird migration. In Minnesota, the Lights Out program has been ongoing since 2007. Besides saving birds, the Lights Out program saves a considerable amount of energy and money and reduces carbon dioxide pollution.

 

Published Mar. 13, 2013