City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   City of Seattle to observe Earth Hour
3/22/2013  10:30:00 AM

City of Seattle to observe Earth Hour
Lights out at City Hall, Seattle Center, City Light and even Hammering Man

Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the city of Seattle will be observing Earth Hour this year by turning off the lights at several facilities across the city, including City Hall. Earth Hour is Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

"Earth Hour is a good reminder about the little things that everyone can do to help fight climate change," said McGinn.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2006. The event has grown to hundreds of millions of people across 152 countries who switch off their lights for an hour. The purpose of the annual event is to encourage households and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour and to raise awareness about climate change. Organizers also are striving for greater use of renewable energy from solar, wind power, geothermal energy and hydroelectricity.

All lights in City Hall, except emergency lighting and lights in the severe weather shelter, will be turned off in observation of Earth Hour.

Seattle City Light is participating by turning off the historic City Light sign at the South Service Center.

At the Seattle Center, KeyArena will turn off the large neon sign atop KeyArena and all non-essential exterior lights. The towering arches outside of Pacific Science Center will also go dark.

The Office of Arts & Culture is partnering with the Seattle Art Museum to turn off Hammering Man.

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