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Ann Arbor Observes Earth Hour

29. March 2008 • Juliew
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The City of Ann Arbor is going to be observing “Earth Hour” tonight from 8:00pm to 9:00pm.

The City of Ann Arbor encourages residents and businesses to voluntarily observe a nation-wide “Earth Hour” and turn off unnecessary lights on Saturday evening, March 29 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participating residents and businesses may officially sign up for this effort at the www.earthhour.org web site to pledge to turn off lights for one hour between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday evening and to locate additional energy conservation tips.

For more information on the City’s Earth Hour effort, see the city’s web site.



  1. Forgive a plug here for darksky.org, lotsa good info on helping cut back on wasteful lighting. Anyone who’s ever looked east towards Detroit while stargazing will see we got our work cut out for us.


       —Thomas Cook    Apr. 1 '08 - 02:45AM    #
  2. The run up to Earth Hour in this purportedly “enlightened” town was dismal (finger pointing directly at Ecology Center and the Mayor/city council). We happened to travel to Toronto that weekend and were immediately struck by the level of notices posted in public spaces, writings in the press, and acknowledgments in establishments that toted the event. Quite a spectacle to see the city dim appreciably when the hour came round and even more satisfying to see restaurants and bars keep the candles going after the hour and through the night. At the free concert outside city hall, it was remarked that the 7% drop in consumption was enough to power a city the size of 150,000. Here’s hoping TreeTown gets on-board in earnest next time around.


       —robert s.    Apr. 8 '08 - 02:14PM    #