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Wake Forest University to participate in Earth Hour

March 23, 2009

Wake Forest University will join other institutions, companies and millions of people around the world in turning off electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 28, during Earth Hour 2009.  The observance is a symbolic act designed to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions.

Wake Forest will turn off the spotlights illuminating Wait Chapel and all other nonessential lighting on the Reynolda campus. 

“This effort is an important statement of our collective concern about the earth, and our resolve to be responsible stewards of our environment,” said President Nathan O. Hatch.

He applauded the Student Environmental Action Coalition at Wake Forest for its leadership in organizing the university’s participation and encouraged all faculty, students and staff to also turn off nonessential lighting in their buildings for this evening period.

Earth Hour is just one part of an ongoing commitment by Wake Forest to support sustainable environmental practices, a philosophy that is embodied in the university’s strategic plan.  A variety of energy-saving devices have been installed in campus facilities, a full-time sustainability director will be added to the staff by mid-year and future construction projects will be designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007 and spread around the globe in 2008, when more than 400 cities and 50 million people participated.  For Earth Hour 2009, nearly 2,000 cities in 80 countries have already pledged participation, and the goal is to have one billion people turn off their lights for the full hour.  For more information, visit

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