Earth Hour 2014 in Downtown Pittsburgh

Led by the Pittsburgh 2030 District participants, the Office of Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance and Sustainable Pittsburgh are partnering to engage downtown property owners and managers in Earth Hour 2014. You are encouraged to participate by dimming or turning off your rooftop signage and other non-essential lighting in your facilities for one hour on Saturday, March 29th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet. Towards the end of March every year, Earth Hour brings together communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour.  Learn more at

When does Earth Hour take place?

Earth Hour 2014 will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. in your local time zone.

What does Earth Hour ask people to do?

Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact. Earth Hour asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioral changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle. Taking the first step is as easy as turning off your lights. By switching off your lights for Earth Hour, you are acknowledging and celebrating your commitment to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour.

How many cities/countries/landmarks took part in Earth Hour 2013?

Earth Hour 2013 took place in more than 7,001 cities and towns in 153 countries and territories across all seven continents. Hundreds of millions of people switched their lights off for an hour, and the campaign experienced its biggest growth since 2009.

How can my organization participate in Pittsburgh?

  • Turn off or dim roof top signage as well as other non-essential lighting in buildings and facilities on Saturday, March 29th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time.
  • Submit details to in advance with what the planned activity and scope of participation will be. Deadline for details is March 20th if you would like to be included in the press release (and will certainly be welcome at any time, as available).
  • Details requested are:
    • Contact name and email, company
    • Name of specific property or properties, and address(es)
    • Type of lighting dimmed or turned off – Roof top signage, non-essential interior/exterior lighting, or all three?
    • Other details about energy savings, participation levels anticipated, anecdotes, etc., as available
  • Communicate your company’s participation in the initiative internally to employees and externally to stakeholders and customers (via social media, newsletters, etc, as time allows).  All participants will receive a communications toolkit from GBA.
  • Participate in a press release via quote or mention (deadline of 3/20).
  • Take 3-5 high-res (non-professional) digital photos of your property or properties for submission to GBA (see email below). Your photos can also be incorporated into your organization’s internal and external outreach after the event.
  • Provide an energy or environmental savings calculation (or enough information so that a conversion can be made) as well as an exposure or impressions estimate for reach of activities, if possible.

Does my organization need to register separately for Earth Hour?

The city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh 2030 District are submitting the downtown area buildings as a group initiative. However, if your organization would like to register separately to show your commitment and reach, you may do so as well via the Earth Hour web site; please inform Anna Siefken so she can assist you for tracking purposes (see Anna’s email below).

Additional questions? Contact Anna Siefken by e-mail: annas[at]