Office of Mayor William Peduto
MAYOR PEDUTO AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE FITZGERALD URGE PARTICIPATION IN EARTH HOUR
City, County and other downtown building owners to turn off lights Saturday night

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 28, 2014) Pittsburgh and Allegheny County governments will join other building owners downtown in turning off non-essential lighting Saturday night as part of Earth Hour 2014.

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald are joining with Pittsburgh 2030 District participants, the Green Building Alliance and Sustainable Pittsburgh in urging all downtown property owners to dim or turn off all rooftop signage and other non-essential lighting for one hour on Saturday, March 29th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

While turning off lights for one hour once a year seems like a simple act it underscores how people across the globe can join together to change their behavior and facilitate a more sustainable lifestyle. Last year millions of people in more than 7,000 towns in 153 countries participated.

Mayor Peduto has been the lead local supporter of Earth Hour for several years, and joined with County Executive Fitzgerald in urging full participation downtown.

“I’m once again thrilled Pittsburgh is participating in this international effort, and showing off our region’s leadership in environmental standards. It’s another example of how businesses, environmental advocates and government can work together on energy solutions that help everyone,” Mayor Peduto said.

“Our participation in Earth Hour is just one small way that we can show the world that Allegheny County is committed to protecting our planet. We’re proud to have been one of the more than 7,000 cities that participated in 2013, and hope to see that number continue to grow. Not only is the county participating through its commitment, but we have urged our employees, and their friends and family to do the same,” said County Executive Fitzgerald.

Pittsburgh government expects to turn down non-emergency lighting at the City-County Building for the hour.  Allegheny County will turn off its internal and external lights at the Courthouse, County Office Building and Family Court Building.

To document the activity a a photography team from Green Building Alliance will be posted on Mt. Washington during Earth Hour, and media representatives are welcome to join them for the photo session.

More information is available on Earth Hour efforts by property owners across downtown Pittsburgh at www.go-gba.org/event/earth-hour and globally at http://www.earthhour.org.

About the Pittsburgh 2030 District

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a Green Building Alliance strategic innovation – presented by The Efficiency Network and supported by the EcoCommercial Building Network powered by Bayer – is a collaborative, nationally recognized, but local community of high performance buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh that aims to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption, reduce transportation emissions, and improve indoor air quality while increasing business competitiveness and owners' returns on investment.  Launched in August 2012, the Pittsburgh 2030 District is convened and facilitated by Green Building Alliance.  Learn more at www.2030district.org/pittsburgh.  

About Green Building Alliance

Green Building Alliance (GBA) is a nonprofit organization that inspires the creation of healthy, high performing places for everyone.  Founded in 1993 as one of the first U.S. Green Building Council affiliate organizations, and now a USGBC chapter, GBA is headquartered in Pittsburgh and serves the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania. GBA’s main initiatives include the Pittsburgh 2030 District, the Green Schools Academy, DASH, and the Knowledge Network.  Learn more at www.go-gba.org.

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Published:
Friday, March 28, 2014
Contacts
Timothy McNulty
Communications Manager
City of Pittsburgh
Cell: 412-660-1999
Email

Amie Downs
Communications Director
Allegheny County
Office: (412) 350-3711
Cell: (412) 327-3700

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