Six of Birmingham City Council’s flagship office buildings will switch their lights off on Saturday (19 March 2016) in support of the World Wildlife Fund Earth Hour campaign.
Lights at the Council House, 1 Lancaster Circus, 10 Woodcock Street, Lifford House, New Aston House and Sutton New Road will be turned off (in instances where the health and safety of staff and the public is not affected) for one hour from 8.30pm.
The Library of Birmingham will also switch off its external lights at the same time to mark Earth Hour.
The council’s proactive support of Earth Hour underlines its commitment to sustainability – underpinned by an aim to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2027, when compared to 1990 baseline levels.
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: “While taking part in Earth Hour may seem like a relatively small gesture, it’s a significant statement on how seriously the council takes the issue of sustainability.
“Given the threat of climate change, we are committed to cutting our use of energy and are firmly on course to meet our carbon emission reduction targets by 2027.
“I hope as many organisations as possible get involved with Earth Hour in Birmingham – taking part shows that you are conscious of the issues related to energy usage and have a determination to do something about it.”
Earth Hour is a World Wildlife Fund initiative aimed at focusing the world’s attention on the need to protect the planet and to take action on climate change.