Several of New York City’s most recognizable buildings and landmarks have committed to turn off their lights for World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour.


Beginning at 8:30 PM on March 28, individuals and organizations around New York City will turn off non-essential lighting on some of the most iconic structures that make up the Manhattan skyline. New Yorkers will join the global movement that has spread to more than 1,000 cities in 80 countries. In the U.S., New York joins Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville and San Francisco in dimming its skyline to cast a vote for action on the climate crisis.

During Earth Hour 2009, lights are slated to go out in some of New York City’s most renowned buildings and landmarks including:

Empire State Building
Citigroup Center
Coca-Cola Billboard in Times Square
New York Life
Time Warner Center
The New York Public Library
7 World Trade Center and the other Silverstein Properties buildings
The Helmsley Building and other Monday Properties buildings
Grand Hyatt New York
Joining these properties are top New York City organizations and institutions including Columbia University, PACE University, the Building Owners and Managers Association of New York, the U.S. Green Building Council New York, Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz’s Angels + Kings, and many more.

Around the world, icons committed to Earth Hour include:

The Las Vegas Strip
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Sears Tower in Chicago
Eiffel Tower in Paris
Notre Dame in Paris
Sydney Opera House
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
Niagara Falls
Stockholm Castle
Burj Dubai
Oscar nominated actor and New York City resident Edward Norton is the official ambassador for Earth Hour 2009 with support from Nobel Prize Laurite Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actresses Janeane Garofalo and Jennette McCurdy, fashionistas Stacy London and Clinton Kelly, as well as musicians Linkin Park, Alanis Morissette, Coldplay, Jo Dee Messina, Big Kenny (Big & Rich), Gavin DeGraw, KT Tunstall, Mary Mary, Dierks Bently, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Lady Antebellum, SHeDAISY, Finger Eleven, Simple Plan, Justin Nozuka, The Veronicas and Rise Against.

WWF officials are stressing the importance of safety during Earth Hour, noting that all lighting related to public safety will remain on.

Click here to learn more about Earth Hour.