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City of Atlanta to Participate in Earth Hour 2013

March 22,2013

The City of Atlanta will once again take part in World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) annual Earth Hour and join cities and buildings around the globe by turning off non-essential lights on Saturday, March 23, for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m.

Mayor Kasim Reed and Councilmember Aaron Watson are calling on city residents and businesses to surpass the previous four years of participation.

“Our goal this year is to expand our commitment of city facilities and increase citywide participation in Earth Hour,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Energy conservation is a priority for Atlanta and our collective efforts can have a tremendous impact. We encourage residents and businesses to join us in this effort and our overall sustainability initiatives.

"As the city of Atlanta continues to practice and promote smarter living, for us, Earth Hour serves as a gentle prod to make sure we are internally doing the little things that make a big difference throughout the year. I encourage you to evaluate your household's energy and water consumption and find ways to reduce, recycle and respect the local environment,” said Councilmember Aaron Watson.

Lights will be turned off in four city facilities including: Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA), 72 Marietta Street (housing multiple city agencies including the Department of Watershed Management), City Hall, and the Municipal Court of Atlanta.

Earth Hour is an annual global event organized by WWF. Households and businesses are asked to participate by simply turning off lights for one hour in a call for action on climate change. The collective actions are meant to demonstrate what can be accomplished when working together to protect the planet for future generations. Earth Hour 2012 gained support from hundreds of millions of people in more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries.

In addition to turning off lights, Earth Hour encourages individuals to minimize their footprint on the Earth by committing to participating in Earth Hour’s “I Will if You Will” challenge. For videos of the challenge, visit www.youtube.com/earthhour. The campaign allows participants to encourage friends and the community to do something for the planet in return for a personal challenge.

“The momentum built over the last several 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 and encourage members of the community to do the same," said Denise Quarles, Director of Sustainability.

WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald conceived the Earth Hour concept in 2007, when 2.2 million Sydney residents turned off all non-essential lights for one hour. Visit www.earthhour.org to learn more.