The city is encouraging citizens to join it in observing Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23, by turning off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. During that hour, all but emergency lighting will be turned off in City Hall, says Wendell Hardin, the city’s sustainability director. Businesses are encouraged to turn off all non-essential lighting.
"In keeping with the vision of the mayor and city council when they established the city’s sustainability program, we are participating in Earth Hour to remind us of our responsibility in managing our energy resources," Hardin said.
Earth Hour is a world-wide event held annually in late March as a symbolic act to raise awareness of the environmental challenges the world faces. The first Earth Hour took place in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. It quickly caught on around the world. During Earth Hour last year, more than 7,000 cities in 152 countries and territories observed Earth Hour.
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