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Earth Hour & Energy Conservation Resources
At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 lights will be switched off in Saint Paul and around the globe for Earth Hour.

The City of Saint Paul encourages 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 29th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Beyond the hour, find new ways you can conserve energy on a daily basis. Resources are listed at the bottom of this page. 

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 2013 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 154 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings participating around the world include the Sydney Opera House, Beijing's Forbidden City, the world's tallest building in Tapei, Taiwan, the Kremlin, the Pyramids in Egypt, Capetown's Table Mountain, the Coliseum, and the Eiffel Tower. 

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. Watch the 2013 WWF Video and visit the WWF's website for details and ideas for how you can participate.

Saint Paul Landmarks participating in Earth Hour 2014:

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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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Xcel Energy Center Xcel Energy Center during Earth Hour Ramsey County Courthouse/Saint Paul
City Hall and Annex
Wells Fargo Place during Earth Hours

and 

  • First National Bank Building
  • Landmark Center
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Saint Paul Central Library
  • District Energy St. Paul
  • Rice Park
  • Ramsey County North Suburban Courts
  • Ramsey County Sheriff Patrol Station
  • Ramsey County Public Works/Partners Facility
  • Five Ramsey County Libraries - (Roseville, Maplewood, Mounds View, Shoreview, White Bear Lake)  

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

 AfSHead.jpg  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
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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 too, you can learn more about home energy conservation programs in your neighborhood.  Plus energy saving tips and other resources as well.

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 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.

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

Living Green
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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
 NextStepheader.jpg NextStep, sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is a web site and e-newsletter providing information and resources on the topic of sustainable communities.

Next Step

 Resources for Businesses



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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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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 Retired Engineers 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 Retired Engineers 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.  
 

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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

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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.






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


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

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