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District to Take Part in Earth Hour 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Media Contact: Alan Heymann (DDOE) 202-741-2136; Bill Rice (OPM) 202-437-7787

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia will be a flagship city in Earth Hour 2009, a global event in which tens of millions of citizens, businesses and government leaders will turn off their lights to make a statement about the urgent need for action on climate change.

Beginning at 8:30 pm on March 28th, the District will turn off non-essential lighting on many buildings and landmarks, including four facilities owned by the District government. The four facilities are:

  • John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
  • Frank D. Reeves Center for Municipal Affairs (2000 14th Street, NW)
  • One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street, NW)
  • DMV Southwest Service Center (95 M Street, SW)

“The way we light our buildings is a major factor in any city’s carbon footprint,” said George S. Hawkins, director of the District Department of the Environment. “Earth Hour is a symbolic but important step in showing the world we’re serious about the climate.”

“Turning off non-essential lights in the Wilson Building and other signature District Government buildings is a symbolic measure announcing OPM’s broad effort to reduce lighting and other types of energy consumption in all our buildings,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, Director of the Office of Property Management. “At 8:30 pm on March 28, it won’t take a single kilowatt of electricity for the District to be a shining example for the world.”

Emergency lighting will remain on as required by law and regulation.

In addition, the following private buildings in the District will take part in Earth Hour:

  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Judiciary Square
  • American University, Howard University and Gallaudet University
  • JW Marriott Hotel
  • Fairmont Washington Hotel
  • Willard Intercontinental Hotel
  • National Geographic Society Headquarters
  • National Theater
  • National Education Association Headquarters
  • Brookings Institution
  • Australian and Canadian Embassies
  • House of Sweden

More than 850 cities in 80 countries have committed to turning out for Earth Hour. In the United States, the District joins Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York and San Francisco in dimming its skyline to cast a vote for action on the climate crisis.

During Earth Hour 2009, lights are slated to go out on some of the most recognized landmarks on the planet, including :

  • The Las Vegas Strip
  • Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • Sears Tower in Chicago
  • Honky-Tonk bars in Nashville
  • Coca-Cola signs around the world including New York’s Times Square
  • Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Sydney Opera House in Australia
  • Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
  • Petronas Towers in Malaysia
  • Niagara Falls
  • The London Eye
  • Coliseum in Rome
  • Stockholm Castle

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