Governor Quinn: “Lights out!”

Governor Pat Quinn made the call on homes and business throughout Illinois yesterday to participate in Earth Hour 2011 Satruday Evening. “Protecting our environment today and for future generations is one of my top priorities,” he said.

Earth Hour is an international effort that takes place during the last weekend of March. The World Wildlife Fund first organized the event in 2007 to support efforts to reduce light pollution, energy waste and climate change.

Citizens are encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Governor Quinn adds “By turning out our lights for an hour on March 26, the people of Illinois will show their continued commitment to commonsense, sustainable energy practices.”

The state of Illinois plans to participate in Earth Hour by turning out the lights in the following buildings: The Executive Mansion in Springfield, the James R. Thompson Center, and the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago.  Other Chicago buildings that plan to go dark include Chicago’s Willis Tower, the Field Museum, Navy Pier and the Wrigley Building.

Hundreds of millions of participants have gained interest in Earth Hour and Earth Day.  If you’d like to become part of the growing event, visit www.worldwildlife.org and www.green.Illinois.gov for more information.