Friday, March 27, 2009

Lights Out: Rio Salado Supports Earth Hour

(Tempe, AZ) - Rio Salado is encouraging Valley residents to take part in Earth Hour-a global event in which millions of people will turn out their lights to make a statement of concern about our planet and climate change. On Saturday, March 28, 2009, Rio Salado will show its support by turning off the lighted marquee which faces the I-10 freeway from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

For Rio Salado College, caring about the environment represents a lifestyle change that blends into daily routines. The college has adopted several measures to “think green” and beyond. It is in this forward-thinking nature that we have become committed to the principles of sustainability.

We take a broad view of sustainability, including socio-cultural, environmental and economic dynamics to make sustainability bearable, equitable, and viable. To put it simply, we aren’t blindly “going green.” We’re carefully weighing the benefits and costs in the big picture and taking an approach that makes sense.

Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour got started just two years ago and is now the largest event of its kind in the world. Last year, more than 50 million people participated and the lights went out at the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the Colisseum in Rome, just to name a few. Even Google's homepage went black for the day! In Israel, President Shimon Peres personally turned off lights in Tel Aviv.

This year, Earth Hour will be even bigger-already 250 cities in 74 countries have agreed to take part including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Nashville with more signing up every day. Around the world, cities like Moscow, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai and Mexico City will turn out their lights.

Participating in Earth Hour is easy, fun and free. Rio Salado hopes you will join us for this amazing event. To sign up, visit http://www.earthhourus.org/ where you'll learn more, including ways you can spread the word about Earth Hour, plus creative things to do when the lights go out in case you need inspiration!

Please pass this note along to anyone you think might want to take part. Let's all turn out and take action. To get a better sense of the event, check out this video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjWD8pbK5t8

Earth Hour is a global movement led by the World Wildlife Fund to address climate change. It began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour. In 2008, Earth Hour went global. More than 50 million people turned out their lights, and the world’s most famous landmarks went dark, including the Empire State building, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Roman Colosseum. Earth House ’08 garnered widespread media coverage, inspiring people around the world to change their energy habits.
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