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Thank you for participating in Earth Hour 2015!

At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 lights were switched off in Saint Paul and around the globe for Earth Hour.

The City of Saint Paul encouraged Saint Paul residents, business owners, building managers, religious and educational institutions to join the Earth Hour effort by turning off all non-essential lights and signs on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Beyond the hour, the City encourages you to find new ways you can conserve energy on a daily basis. Resources to help you conserve energy are listed at the bottom of this page. 

                                                        Watch the 2014 Earth Hour Impact Video                                         
                                  Did you participate in Earth Hour 2015? Let us know- send a picture!

See the global list of 2015 participants!

Earth Hour is an annual event during which hundreds of millions of people from all over the world participate by turning off their lights for that one hour. Earth Hour 2014 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 162 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings participating around the world include the Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, Gateway Arch, Niagara Falls, Willis Tower, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, the House of Parliament, Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin and Brandenburg Gate. 

Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of Earth’s natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature. Visit the WWF's website for details and ideas for how you can participate.

Saint Paul Landmarks participating in Earth Hour 2015:

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           Minnesota State Capitol                                                                     Minnesota State Capitol during Earth Hour


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        Landmark Center/Rice Park                                                         Landmark Center/Rice Park during Earth Hour

Other participants include:

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RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center during Earth Hour Ramsey County Courthouse/Saint Paul
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Wells Fargo Place during Earth Hours


  • District Energy St. Paul
  • First National Bank
  • James J. Hill Reference Library
  • Landmark Center
  • Metropolitan State University   
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum 
  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • Rice Park 
  • RiverCenter/Xcel Energy Center
  • Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Court House
  • Saint Paul Public Libraries including:
    • Arlington Hills Community Center
    • Dayton’s Bluff Library
    • George Latimer Central Library 
    • Hamline Midway Library
    • Hayden Heights Library
    • Highland Park Library
    • Merriam Park Library
    • Riverview Library
    • Rondo Community Outreach Library
    • Saint Anthony Park Library
    • Sun Ray Library
    • West 7th Library
  • Sentinel Property Management Corporation (Bremer Tower)
  • US Bank Center
  • Wells Fargo Place 

Visit Sustainable Saint Paul - Energy  to learn more about how the City of Saint Paul is putting sustainable, energy conservation practices into action.

Will you join the 2014 community participants?

Let us know! Tell us how you will participate in this event and share your stories or photos with City of Saint Paul Earth Hour.

Resources for Residents

 We’re here to help you learn about, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Through our programs and outreach, the Alliance has mobilized thousands of citizens and conscious consumers, congregations and communities to move toward sustainability

Alliance for Sustainability

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is a local nonprofit that promotes energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment.  As a nontraditional lender, CEE provides competitive rates, technical assistance and a wide range of financing that can be tailored to fit your budget.

Center for Energy and Environment

 Community Action Partnership.gif For more than three decades, Community Action’s Energy Conservation has been using the latest technology performing energy audits and performing home weatherization and construction.
Find out more details and how to apply.

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
 energysmarts.png By answering a few questions in our online screening tool, you can learn more about home energy conservation programs in your neighborhood.  Plus energy saving tips and other resources as well. 
 HC_Logo2.gif Car ownership is so yesterday. Choose HOURCAR instead, then reserve and drive any of dozens of great eco-friendly cars in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Commute via transit, walking, or bicycling and make your carbon footprint nearly disappear.

 LivingGreenAd-400px-Hz-web.jpg The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provides timely, fun ideas to lead a healthier, more sustainable life. 

Living Green

The Minnesota Energy Challenge is an online action guide for reducing energy waste in our state.  Energy efficiency has never been so fun and easy!  Launched in 2006 by local nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment, the MN Energy Challenge provides in-depth guides to reducing energy waste in your home, including practical information about savings and cost.

Minnesota Energy Challenge

 NEC logo.gif Contact us for a Home Energy Audit, Home Energy Squad visit, and more. Save money and energy and make your home more comfortable.

Neighborhood Energy Connection

 Resources for Businesses


The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is a local nonprofit that promotes energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment.  CEE provides a range of financing and technical assistance to help businesses and nonprofits reduce energy costs while improving occupant comfort.

Center for Energy and Environment

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Minnesotans Building a Clean Energy Future

The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) connect you and your community members with resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Clean Energy Resource Teams
 retap-logo.jpg The Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (Minnesota RETAP) provides no-cost, non-regulatory energy and waste assessments for Minnesota’s small to mid-sized businesses and public and private institutions. Assessments include an on-site visit to your facility from a team of RETAP retirees with emphasis on finding opportunities to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and conservation, and reduce operating costs.

Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program

 enerchange_color logoandtag.gif EnerChange is a no-cost service that helps non-profit organizations save money by saving energy.

Visit EnerChange today to schedule an energy assessment and learn more.  


The Saint Paul Port Authority's Trillion BTU Program will save Minnesota businesses money by reducing energy consumption by up to one trillion BTUs a year. This energy efficiency improvement program one of the first in the nation to use energy conservation as an economic development tool.

Saint Paul Port Authority's Trillion BTU Program

 xcel logo.png Energy Efficiency Rebates & Programs in Minnesota


Resources for Schools/Universities, Religious Institutions, Bars/Restaurants, Sports Associations and more

 240x235_logo.png If you want to make Earth Hour happen in your home, workplace, school or city then check out these useful guides for lots of ideas how.

  2014 City of Saint Paul - Earth Hour Press Release and City Council Resolution
  2013 City of Saint Paul - Earth Hour 
Press Release and City Council  Resolution

Earth Hour, your voice, your action, your planet!

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