MRO Magazine

We’re switching off for Earth Hour — are you?

Toronto, ON -- On Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 p.m., Machinery & Equipment MRO's offices in Toronto will be ta...


March 24, 2009
By MRO Magazine


Toronto, ON — On Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 p.m., Machinery & Equipment MRO’s offices in Toronto will be taking part in what promises to be an amazing an inspiring event in the fight against climate change Earth Hour, sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund.


Crown Property Management will be turning off the lights in our building for Earth Hour. Naturally, we will adhere to our Ontario Health & Safety guidelines and emergency lighting and security systems will remain on as normal.



By simply turning off all non-essential lighting for one hour at our building, we will join tens of millions of concerned citizens and corporations throughout the world in calling for action to save our planet for future generations. No matter where in the world it is, the lights will be turned off at 8:30 p.m. local time.


More than 50 million people in 370 cities around the world took part in Earth Hour 2008. The lights went out at Sydney’s Opera House, Rome’s Coliseum, the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge. Even the Google homepage went dark. Many major corporations took part.


This year, Earth Hour promises to be even bigger. In Canada, many cities, including Toronto, have already pledged to participate, with more signing up daily. They will join international cities such as Beijing, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, London, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Rome.


We’re also asking our customers, business partners and suppliers to join us in supporting Earth Hour 2009.


We’d like to hear about what you’re doing to support Earth Hour this year. Please let us know by sending a note to Bill Roebuck, editor of Machinery & Equipment MRO, at


Participating in Earth Hour is easy, fun and absolutely free. For more information and to sign up for the event, visit, where you’ll find fun tips for what you and your family and friends can do when the lights go out. As of press time today, 18,783 businesses had signed on as participants, along with 83 countries, 5,481 organizations, and 7,843 schools.


You can calculate the benefits of your own Earth Hour contribution by visiting this website: This site provides details to determine your energy drop, your reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and a calculation to translate your emissions reduction into ‘car’ equivalents.


Don’t forget Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m., switch off.