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The City of Sarasota will participate in the international energy conservation effort known as Earth Hour by darkening City Hall, 1565 First Street, and the old Federal Building, 111 S. Orange Ave., Sat., March 27, 2010 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Decorative lights on the Ringling Bridge and Season of Sculpture along the bayfront also will be extinguished during Earth Hour. Residents are encouraged to participate as well.

The City Commission approved a resolution on March 15, 2010 supporting Earth Hour and encouraging residents and business owners to turn off non-essential lights during the designated one hour. With environmental sustainability as one of its top five priorities, the Commission is committed to combating climate change by reducing the City’s carbon footprint.

Launched in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global event which raises awareness about climate change issues. Organizers encourage the public to take actions to increase energy efficiency and decrease carbon emissions. One simple dramatic step is to turn off your lights.

It is estimated 80 million Americans in 318 cities participated in Earth Hour last year. Included in the list of landmarks which were darkened: the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Join the City of Sarasota and people around the globe as we turn out the lights for Earth Hour. For more information about the City of Sarasota’s involvement contact Environmental Specialist Alison Albee: 941-365-2200 ext. 6317. See the original release here.

To learn more about Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org

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