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copyMayor Tom Leppert is proclaiming the 60 minutes from 8:30pm-9:30pm this Saturday, March 27th as “Earth Hour” in Dallas. In doing so, Dallas is joining 3,100 cities, 121 countries, 31 U.S. states and millions of people on all seven continents in taking a symbolic stand for the environment.

“Earth Hour is an opportunity to unite with our neighbors around the globe on a singular issue that is important to us all,” said Mayor Leppert. “This event complements the work we’ve been doing with our Green Dallas initiatives and is a symbolic way to make a bold statement about Dallas’ commitment to the environment.”

Earth Hour is a global climate awareness event led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that encourages individuals, businesses, governments and organizations to make a positive statement for the environment by simply turning off all non-essential lights for one hour—Earth Hour.

To date hundreds of North Texas residents and businesses have made a commitment to participate including many downtown/uptown skyscrapers:

1700 Pacific Avenue (known for its stair step top)
1900 North Akard St.
(home of Hunt Oil; building with lighted elliptical extending “over” Woodall Rogers)
2100 Ross
3811 Turtle Creek Centre
Bank of America Plaza
(recognizable green neon outline)
Belmont Hotel
Chase Tower
(known for its hole near the top of the building)
Comerica Bank Tower
(former Bank One Center; granite barrel vaulted skyscraper)
Crescent Court
DART & Sanger Harris Building
(DART Headquarters)
Fairmont Dallas
Fountain Place
(blue-green reflective glass skyscraper with its characteristic pointed top)
Hotel Lawrence
Hyatt Regency Dallas
(known for its mirrored exterior/adjacent to Reunion Tower)
Mercantile Bank Building
(ornamental clock tower and spire)
One Victory Park
Renaissance Tower
(large X lighting design—also known as home to J.R. Ewing’s office)
Reunion Tower
(signature lighted ball atop the tower)
Rosewood Court
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
South Side on Lamar
The Tower at Cityplace
Transwestern properties– Central Region
UNT Systems Building
UNT Dallas Campus

In addition, numerous City-owned assets are participating including (among others):

City Hall
Dallas Central Library
Dallas Convention Center
Dealey Plaza
Ferris Plaza
(with fountain across from Dallas Morning News and Union Station)
Main Street Garden Park
Pegasus Plaza
The Pegasus
(red neon sign atop Magnolia Hotel)

In 2009, many of Dallas was one of only nine key U.S. cities leading the Earth Hour effort. Many of the city’s landmark buildings making up Dallas’ signature skyline responded to Mayor Leppert’s challenge to participate. Earth Hour 2009 marked the first time that Dallas’ signature skyline and central business district intentionally went dark.

There is still time to participate! Dallas and North Texas residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to turn off their lights for the event. To officially sign-up and be counted, log on to www.MyEarthHour.org

Lights affecting public safety, such as lights in public spaces and street lights will remain on.

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