Conserve Energy on Earth Hour and Beyond

March 30, 2012

On Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m., global and Chicago real estate — from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Willis Tower in Chicago — will go dark for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a global initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund that encourages homeowners and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about conservation and climate change.

It started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and became a global event in 2008 with Chicago as the flagship city for the United States.

Last year, more than 1.8 billion people in in 5,251 cities throughout 135 countries across all seven continents participated in the hour-long event.

For one hour this Saturday, the city skyline will lose its usual glitter. All office buildings managed by Chicago real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle will go dark for an hour. The Merchandise Mart, the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, the marquee at Wrigley Field and many hotels and restaurants will all be turned off for one hour in solidarity to save our planet.

This year’s Earth Hour theme is “I Will If You Will.” So, readers, I dare you to accept the challenge and help protect the Earth by conserving energy in your own home on Earth Hour and beyond.

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