across the globe to celebrate international Earth Hour from 8:30 to
9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.
Founded by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global phenomenon
during which millions of people extinguish their lights for one hour
in support of a cleaner, safer, less energy-intensive future. A record
20 states, 65 cities and 11 counties in the United States are expected
to dim their lights on March 27 for Earth Hour 2010.
Designed and constructed to attain LEED® Gold certification, The Ritz-
Carlton, Charlotte will support Earth Hour by working via candlelight
in its Lobby and porte cochere areas on March 27 – an evening practice
which is celebrated regularly at the environmentally-focused hotel in
The inauguration of Earth Hour took place in Sydney, Australia on
March 31, 2007, when more than two million people and two thousand
businesses across the city switched off their lights and appliances
for one hour. From its modest beginnings, the Earth Hour message has
swept the planet, and this year, Earth Hour aims to reach one billion
people in 1,000 cities across the globe.