Los Angeles, CA (March 22, 2016) – On March 19th, 2016, 54 AEG Facilities-affiliated stadiums, arenas, theatres, clubs and convention centers in 27 cities, eight countries and four continents joined millions of people and organizations worldwide in “going dark” for World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour, a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. From 8:30 to 9:30 PM, dozens of facilities turned off non-essential lights and utilized signage and social media to help spread the message of Earth Hour. These venues took action as part of a global Earth Hour campaign organized by AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s industry-leading corporate sustainability program. In addition to these public events, AEG engaged employees worldwide to learn about Earth Hour and participate in the office or at home.
Earth Hour is an annual event designed to engage millions of people worldwide on a broad range of environmental issues. Individuals, communities, households, and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Each year, more than 7,000 cities show their support for environmental issues by participating in Earth Hour.
“We’re thrilled to have so many AEG facilities participating in Earth Hour again this year,” said John Marler, AEG’s Senior Director of Energy and Environment. “It’s a testament to our global commitment to reducing our environmental impact and using our platform to raise awareness of important environmental issues.”
WWF’s Earth Hour is just one of the annual events that AEG 1EARTH activates throughout AEG Facilities’ portfolio of world-class venues. In addition to Earth Hour, AEG Facilities venues participate in Earth Month, America Recycles Day and other community based environmental initiatives. In support of AEG 1EARTH’s mission to reduce the organization’s environmental impact and drive business value through sustainability, AEG venues achieved several environmental milestones in recent months:
- At a ceremony attended by former Vice President Al Gore, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California unveiled 500 kilowatts of Bloom Energy fuel cells, which will generate electricity on-site and help reduce the arena’s carbon footprint
- Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy announced Protect the Pitch, a new sustainability initiative dedicated to reducing the team’s environmental impact, supporting environmental projects in the community, and inspiring fans to help create healthier, more sustainable communities
- Oracle Arena in Oakland, California achieved LEED certification, the pre-eminent global green building certification
- Los Angeles Convention Center was re-certified as LEED Gold, making the LACC the largest convention center in the U.S. to receive LEED EBOM Gold recertification