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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2010
11:00 a.m.

CON EDISON GOES ‘LIGHTS OUT’
FOR NYC AUDUBON CAMPAIGN TO SAVE BIRDS

NEW YORK –Con Edison, the most reliable utility in the United States when it comes to keeping its customers in lights, will turn off some of its own lights to save migrating birds.

The iconic clock tower that rises from Con Edison’s headquarters at 4 Irving Place in Manhattan will be dark midnight to dawn from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1, as the company participates in Lights Out NY, an initiative of the New York City Audubon.

Lights distract migrating birds and can cause them to veer off path and into buildings. NYC Audubon estimates that 90,000 birds a year die in New York City due to collisions with glass in buildings as they travel to and from breeding grounds.

NYC Audubon asked owners of buildings to turn off decorative lighting from midnight to daylight. Con Edison volunteered to participate because it is committed to preserving the environment.
 
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