– The Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum announced today that the organization will officially support Earth Hour 2009, a global climate event led by the World Wildlife Fund. More than 240 cities worldwide are participating and will go dark for one hour at 8:30 p.m. local time this evening, as tens of millions of people from all corners of the world unite in a call for global action on climate change.
The commitment to Earth Hour 2009 is the Times Forum’s latest in a series of efforts to improve its energy performance and help better protect our environment. The organization has also joined Energy Star, whose energy management guidelines are aimed at achieving energy savings, creating efficiencies within companies and facilities and calling others to action for the same cause.
“Everyone on staff here at the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum fully understands the importance of protecting the environment and more efficiently using our energy sources is at the top of the list,” said Oren Koules, Governor and CEO of the Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum. “Earth Hour and ENERGY STAR are two more steps in the process for us and we hope others educate themselves on ‘going green’ and taking a participatory role as we look to protect the world we live in.”
During Earth Hour 2008, more than 50 million people in over 1,000 cities on all seven continents turned off their lights as major icons also went dark, including the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building and the Coliseum in Rome. In 2009, the Eiffel Tower, the Eye of London and the Notre Dame Cathedral are participating as well as U.S. cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Downtown Tampa’s Sun Trust building is also participating with the Times Forum this year.