Denver Embraces Worldwide 2008 Earth Hour Event

Denver Embraces Worldwide 2008 Earth Hour Event

March 24, 2008                                                         

Sue Cobb, 720-865-9016
Michele Weingarden, 720-865-9030

Mayor Hickenlooper and Greenprint Denver encourage businesses and residents to “go dark” for one hour Saturday to promote energy conservation

(DENVER) March 26, 2008 –Mayor John Hickenlooper, Greenprint Denver and millions of people around the world will come together Saturday, March 29 to make a strong statement about energy conservation by participating in Earth Hour. Mayor Hickenlooper and Greenprint Denver are urging Denver residents and businesses to help make Earth Hour a success by switching off their lights and non-essential appliances for one hour this Saturday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time.

Earth Hour is a global initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation organization. Greenprint Denver is the city’s action agenda for sustainability, promoting ecologically friendly practices throughout the community to make Denver a better place to live, work and play.

“Greenprint Denver fully supports Earth Hour as a reminder of the significant impact each of us has on our environment,” said Michele Weingarden, director of Greenprint Denver. “Earth Hour allows Denver residents to consider our energy use, both as individuals and as a community.”    

Last year, Sydney, Australia participated in Earth Hour with 2.2 million residents and 2,100 businesses going dark for one hour. This collective effort reduced the city’s energy consumption by 10.2-percent for the hour, which is the equivalent of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one year. This year, it is estimated more than 30 million people will take part of Earth Hour worldwide.

The City and County of Denver will support Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building and the Minoru Yasui Building at 303 W. Colfax Ave.  The Colorado Convention Center will have a majority of exterior lights turned off, including the highly-visible light “blade” of the building. In addition, the Denver Performing Arts Complex will turn off the LED marquees around the performing arts complex and exterior lights will be turned off, wherever it is safely feasible.  Denver residents can tune into Denver 8 TV in advance for energy-saving tips.

In addition to City buildings, many major businesses and buildings in Denver have committed to participating in Earth Hour, including Qwest Communications, home to one of Denver’s most visible skyline landmarks.  Qwest will turn off the LED signs on the 54th floor of the Qwest Building as well as any non-essential lights in the building,  a company spokesperson said.

Additional buildings and companies participating include (but are not limited to):  

  • Denver Newspaper Agency Denver Aquarium
  • University of Denver Tower
  • Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Grubb and Ellis (property management company for 1801 CaliforniaQwest Building)
  • Janus Capital Group
  • 410 17th St. 
  • Tabor Center
  • Denver Pavilion
  • US Bank
  • Civic Center Plaza


  • Adams Mark Hotel
  • Hotel Teatro
  • Hotel Monaco
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Fruition Restaurant
  • Village Cork Restaurant
  • Strings Restaurant
  • P.F. Chang’s
  • Kevin Taylor Restaurants
  • Elway’s Restaurant
  • Earl’s Restaurant
  • Limelight Supper Club

For more information, visit or


About Greenprint Denver

Greenprint Denver is the city’s action plan for sustainability, promoting ecologically friendly practices throughout the community. For more information, visit


How to Get Involved

  • Commit to turning off your lights on March 29 from 8-9 p.m.
  • Take appliances off standby. Unplug any appliances - mobile phone chargers, TVs, microwaves, MP3 players, computer monitors, printers - that are not being used and are on standby. Appliances left on standby account for up to 10 percent of the average household's electricity use.
  • Spread the word and involve your friends, family and colleagues. Ask businesses, restaurants and stores in your area to darken their buildings, neon signs and non-essential ambient lighting.

 Learn more by visiting and take the online pledge.

Earth Hour Tips

It's OK to just sit around in the dark during Earth Hour, but there are lots of ways you can make the hour more enjoyable. Need some ideas? Try these:

  • Have a candlelit dinner.
  • Ride a bike, walk the dog, go for a jog.
  • Have a star party picnic outdoors.
  • Take a stress break and meditate.
  • Organize a board game night at someone's house.
  • Cultivate creativity: draw, dance, sing or make music.
Read a book, catch up on sleep, or talk with family and friends.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 (Archive on Apr 23, 2008)
Posted by kpellegrin  Contributed by kpellegrin