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Northeastern Participates in Boston Earth Hour on March 28

3/26/09

Northeastern University is participating in Boston's Earth Hour by asking all faculty, staff and students to turn off non-essential lighting on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has invited residents and businesses to participate in this event to raise awareness about climate change and showcase how individual actions contribute to the larger solution. Boston will be among over 400 cities worldwide that have pledged to shut off lights for Earth Hours. In addition to Northeastern University, confirmed participants for Earth Hour include the owners of a number of  Boston's iconic buildings and structures, including the Zakim Bridge, Prudential Center and John Hancock Building.

Earth Hour participants are asked to turn off all non-essential lighting for their buildings, especially architectural lighting. Any lighting that is essential for active use or related to public safety, such as street and emergency lighting, should be kept on. If any lights need to remain on for additional functions within the buildings, the City of Boston asks that shades be drawn if possible.