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Minneapolis turning out the lights for “Earth Hour” to raise awareness of global climate change

All residents and businesses can play a part March 23

March 7, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Minneapolis City Council today approved a resolution to join “Earth Hour” again this year. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, the City will turn off all uses of electricity in major municipal buildings that is not required for life, safety or operations. Individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world turn off their lights for Earth Hour to make a global statement of concern about climate change and demonstrate their commitment to finding solutions.

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 leadership on environmental solutions through their actions and to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what 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. Learn more, sign up and share your ideas at http://earthhour.org.

Lights Out for birds

Each year, the City also commends the city 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. In addition to Audubon Minnesota, it is supported by Minneapolis and Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Associations and by the individual building staff. Besides saving birds, the Lights Out program saves a considerable amount of energy and money and reduces carbon dioxide pollution.

To read the resolution about Earth Hour, visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@clerk/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-104635.pdf.

To learn more about Minneapolis’ sustainable policies and practices, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

Published Mar. 7, 2013