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Residents, businesses invited to participate in Earth Hour

The City of Kansas City, Mo., invites residents and businesses to show their commitment to a more sustainable environment by participating in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 31 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Earth Hour is an annual event during which millions of people worldwide voluntarily turn off their lights for one hour, symbolizing how people can globally work together to adopt more environmental practices at home and at work.

During Earth Hour, the City will turn off all non-essential lighting in City Hall and at other City facilities.

“The City’s participation in Earth Hour represents its commitment to incorporating sustainable business practices while reducing its impact on climate change,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo. “I hope residents consider joining the City as we work together to create a greener, more energy-efficient community.”

Earth Hour began in 2007 when more than two million people and 2,000 businesses in Sydney, Australia switched their lights off for one hour to take a stand on climate change. This gesture spread quickly, and by 2011, more than 5,200 cities, towns and municipalities participated, included 89 national capitals and nine of the world’s 10 most populated cities.

Businesses interested in participating in Earth Hour are encouraged to contact Gerald Shechter, sustainability coordinator, at 816-513-3401.

For more information or media inquiries about the City’s participation in Earth Hour, please contact Gerald Shechter, sustainability coordinator, at 816-513-3401, or Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer, at 816-513-3459. To learn more about the City’s commitment to sustainability, please visit

For more information about Earth Hour in general, visit


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