Friday, March 26, 2010

Lights Out for Earth Hour

Rio Salado College is taking part in Earth Hour by turning off the lighted marquee, which faces the I-10 freeway, on Saturday from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is 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. Rio Salado is encouraging Valley residents to take part by turning out their lights during this event.

For Rio Salado, 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 was started in 2007 and is the largest event of its kind in the world. In 2009, more than 4,000 cities in 87 countries went dark. Here in the United States, and estimated 80 million Americans participated, along with 318 cities and eight states.

Participating in Earth Hour is easy, fun and free. Rio Salado hopes you will join us for this amazing event. To sign up, visit 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.