March 19, 2013
Earth Hour: It’s the Right Thing to Do
by Laura Schell
The Westin Copley Place’s commitment to green initiatives can be seen across the hotel – from our recycling efforts to repurposing used soap, to our reduction of water consumption by 25 million gallons since 2010. To us, doing the right thing is the way we do business, not only for our guests, but for the environment as well. That’s why we’re thrilled to participate for the second year in a global phenomenon known as Earth Hour on Saturday March 23 from 8:30pm-9:30pm. Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet, bringing together communities from across the world by switching off lights for one designated hour.
Earth Hour asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioral changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle. Last year, it took place in more than 7000 cities in 152 countries across all seven continents. Hundreds of millions of people switched their lights off for an hour, and the c
ampaign experienced its biggest growth since 2009.
Here at the Westin Copley Place, we’re offering guests an opportunity to have “dinner in the dark” at Bar 10, showcasing an exclusive Earth Hour cocktail special, turning off the Westin sign on the front of the building, and creating a cozy ambience of candle light in the lobby. Mayor Thomas Menino is encouraging everyone in Boston to participate, so be sure to keep an eye out for the whole city skyline to dim.
As a partner of Earth Hour, we encourage you to get involved in their I Will If You Will campaign. Whether it’s daring your network to commit to recycle, switch to energy efficient light bulbs or something much bigger, IWIYW encourages action beyond the hour. For some motivation and truly inspiring ideas from around the globe, check out Earth Hour on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
We’ve made our commitments. What’s yours?