Con Edison Media Relations
Lights Out On Saturday Night!
CON EDISON TO JOIN EARTH HOUR MOVEMENT
NEW YORK – Con Edison will power down the clock tower lights for one hour on its landmark headquarters at 4 Irving Place this weekend as part of the global “Earth Hour” initiative sponsored by World Wildlife Fund.
WWF is the world’s largest conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. For Earth Hour, WWF is encouraging corporations, governments and citizens to turn off non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. Con Edison is joining the call to action in order to raise awareness about climate change.
“Each one of us can do our part to combat climate change and help protect the environment,” said Rebecca Craft, director of Energy Efficiency Programs at Con Edison.“ For this special hour, we are asking our customers to join us and other notable New York institutions to promote actions for a cleaner planet.”
Among other suggestions, World Wildlife Fund (www.worldwildlife.org) encourages individuals participating in “Earth Hour” to:
The organization has assembled an impressive roster of renowned structures such as New York’s Empire State Building, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, the Las Vegas Strip, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral that will turn off non-essential lighting for the hour, in what is expected to be the largest-ever call to action on climate change.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $14 billion in annual revenues and $34 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.
Con Edison is a Dow Jones Sustainability Index company, and has been recognized for its environmental performance by the global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations.
About Earth Hour
These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings in New York City, the Space Needle in Seattle, Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the National Cathedral in Washington DC. International landmarks that turned off their lights included the Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London, Paris’ Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube, Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, Sydney’s Opera House and Christ de Redeemer status in Rio de Janeiro.
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