City of Carmel Participates in Earth Hour 2009

The City of Carmel encouraged residents and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights, computers, cars and other electronic items as part of Earth Hour 2009 taking place on Saturday, March 28, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour is meant to make a global statement of concern about environmental sustainability and demonstrate commitment to reducing our impact on the environment.

earthhourIn 2008, more than 50 million people in more than 400 cities worldwide participated in Earth Hour. This included an estimated 36 million in the United States. The City of Carmel signed up on the Earth Hour Web site in support of the 2009 event.

"The City is pleased to support Earth Hour this year to emphasize the importance of conserving our energy resources. This is a symbolic event in which every single person can participate. Our city prides itself on being environmentally friendly, and this is one more way we can encourage our residents and businesses to care for our planet," said Mayor Jim Brainard.

Carmel, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Evansville and Oaktown, Indiana joined over 4,000 participating cities in 92 countries worldwide, a ten-fold increase in the number of cities that dimmed their lights last year. Check out the video and slide show of the global results.

Indianapolis Power & Light office building at Monument Circle turned off its lights getting some TV news coverage and this Indy Star article.

Here in Carmel, Whole Foods at Clay Terrace dimmed its lights and provided several ‘dark activities' for customers to participate in during the event. The store stated that turnout was extremely positive, with several families showing up at 8pm to show their support for climate awareness.

Looking forward to Earth Hour 2010, we are already gathering a list of more businesses that plan to participate. In addition, CGI is working with organizations to garner official participation from other cities statewide. Carmel's participation this year has set a precedent that will help us achieve our goals. We'll keep you posted on our progress over the coming months.

Anyone interested in participating in Earth Hour 2010, should contact Chad Landrum at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it