Providence to observe International Earth Hour


Providence to Observe International Earth Hour on March 29, 2014

City Hall and area businesses will go dark to raise awareness of climate change

– Mayor Angel Taveras and the City's Office of Sustainability are encouraging residents and businesses to join millions worldwide in an effort to raise awareness about climate change. On Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:30 p.m., Providence will be one of more than an expected 7,000 municipalities globally to switch off non-essential lights for ‘Earth Hour.' Organizers bill the event as the world's largest voluntary environmental action.

"I ask residents and business owners to consider joining us in this symbolic action to remind our community of the steps we can take each day to promote sustainability," said Mayor Taveras. "Making small changes can have big impacts on our community for generations to come."

Each year, iconic buildings across the nation go dark for Earth Hour, from New York City's Empire State Building to the Las Vegas Strip and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. In Providence, Gilbane Inc., GTECH, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Hasbro, Inc. and Hinckley Allen are among the businesses and organizations that will take part in Earth Hour.

"Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island believes strongly in the power of individual actions to create change in our community as a whole," said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO for BCBSRI. "Taking part in Earth Hour symbolizes what we can achieve together to make Rhode Island a healthier, more sustainable place to live."

Mayor Taveras' administration is taking practical steps to reduce our carbon footprint including the installation of energy efficiency retrofits, investing in public transportation and promoting composting.