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At 8.30pm on Saturday 31 March 2012, hundreds of millions of people across the globe will switch off the lights of homes and businesses for one hour – Earth Hour, the world’s largest public environmental action – acknowledging a commitment to go beyond the hour with actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead. Your business can provide a great contribution to this global pursuit of ongoing environmental change.

Businesses can support Earth Hour 2012 by firstly switching out the lights of premises and encouraging staff and customers to also participate. Businesses are in a great position to then take action and encourage efforts that go beyond the hour by implementing practices and offering services that enable staff and customers to make ongoing changes to reduce their impact on the planet. Show current and future staff and customers you’re supporting

Earth Hour and contributing to global environmental change!

The following information outlines the various levels of commitment to Earth Hour, be it big or small.

1) Switch off non-essential lights at 8:30pm on Saturday 31 March 2012

Turn off non-essential lights in your buildings, facilities and signage during Earth Hour 2012 from 8:30pm-9:30pm on Saturday 31 March 2012. Join other committed businesses around the world in leading global environmental change.

2) Register your business’ commitment on http://www.earthhour.org

Show your support for Earth Hour 2012 by signing up at http://www.earthhour.org and sharing your ongoing actions for the planet with the people of the world. It’s free and we’ll send you regular Earth Hour updates with inspiring actions from people across the globe.

3) Communicate Earth Hour to your neighbors

Tell neighboring businesses about your participation in Earth Hour 2012 and any positive actions for the planet you are taking that go beyond the hour.

4) Communicate Earth Hour to staff

Business support for Earth Hour is about every level of your organization becoming involved, from CEO and Board members through to administrative staff. Communicate Earth Hour to all staff using email and other newsletters, posters, intranet, SMS, website, staff associations and committees. Encourage staff, colleagues and their families to take part in Earth Hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 31 March and commit to ongoing positive actions for the environment both in the workplace and at home.

 

5) Communicate Earth Hour to your other offices nationally and globally

Talk to your offices in other cities both nationally and around the world, and explain what you are doing to support the movement. Encourage organization-wide participation in Earth Hour as well as a commitment to actions beyond the hour that reduce your organization’s environmental impact.

6) Communicate Earth Hour to your partners, clients, suppliers and other networks

Provide information about Earth Hour to partners, clients, suppliers and other organizations your business works with on a regular basis. Let them know what your organization is doing to reduce its ecological footprint and ask them to consider what they can do beyond the hour. Add a tagline to your company signature blocks and spread the word!

7) Communicate Earth Hour to your customers

Communicate Earth Hour to your customers; encourage them to take part in Earth Hour 2012 at 8.30pm on Saturday 31.

8) Go beyond the hour with your business practices

Earth Hour is not just for one hour. It’s about making a commitment to ongoing change that reduces your impact on the environment and celebrating your commitment to the planet with the people of the world during Earth Hour.

These are some of the ways your business can start to reduce its impact on the planet today as well as reduce costs:

  1. Turning off lights after hours in offices or installing motion-sensor lighting
  2. Installing energy saving lights bulbs and devices (e.g. timers on lighting)
  3. Turning off printers, computers, monitors, microwaves and coffee machines at the
  4. power points at the end of the day when unused for long periods
  5. Switching your business’ electricity to Gold Standard Green Power
  6. Providing and encouraging staff to use recycling facilities
  7. Involve your staff in everyday change. Elect Earth Hour Monitors for your business, whose job it is to ensure lights are out and appliances are off standby at the end of each working day.

When communicating with tenants, customers, other offices and staff, make sure they are aware that your involvement in Earth Hour symbolizes your commitment to go beyond the hour with an action that benefits the environment.

10) Share your Earth Hour story with the world

Share your stories with the world and show how responsible you are of saving the planet.

To read more about this interesting subject, consider The Earth Hour website – http://www.earthhour.org – which provides a platform for you to tell the world what positive actions for the planet your business is taking to contribute to global environmental change.

Royal Business Center Thanks for your support!