Earth Hour encourages lights out in Columbia

Friday, March 18, 2011 | 7:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia residents are encouraged to turn off their lights and other unnecessary electrical devices for a symbolic "wave of darkness," which will last for an hour, according to a news release.

The fourth annual Earth Hour will begin with a tour of City Hall's sustainable construction materials, which will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe will present the mayor's Earth Hour proclamation to the Columbia Climate Change Coalition following the tour, the release stated.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 26, following a number of events that will take place throughout Columbia, Jesse Hall will go dark when MU turns off the lights and the city will extinguish exterior lights at City Hall.

Columbia Water and Light estimated last year's participation led to a reduction in usage of 1.78 megawatts, according to the release.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Columbia Office of Sustainability to spread the word about what they are doing for Earth Hour, the release stated.

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