March 20, 2013

Moira Quinn
(704) 363-1298
Rossana Seitter
(980) 395-2492
Al Killeffer
(704) 336-3438

Charlotte, NC - Envision Charlotte has partnered with Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, major employers, and Uptown residential neighborhoods to turn off their lights—excluding essential safety lighting—for one hour this Saturday as part of the global Earth Hour effort. Known as the world’s largest public environmental action, Earth Hour will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and will be executed in more than 7,000 cities across the world.
In Charlotte, participants include Duke Energy Center, One Wells Fargo, Bank of America Corporate Center, and the Hearst Tower. In a letter last month, Mayor Anthony Foxx challenged all Charlotte-area businesses to join the effort to observe Earth Hour 2013.
Mecklenburg County will turn out lights at the Civil Courthouse, the County & Courts Office Building, the New Courthouse, and the Judge Clifton E. Johnson Building.  The City will turn out lights at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center and Old City Hall.
Please see below for a full list of participating buildings.
To date, 98 percent of the eligible commercial buildings in Uptown participate in Envision Charlotte’s Smart Energy Now model program, which tracks energy usage and encourages energy-saving behavior changes among building employees. Participation in Earth Hour will be one more example of how the Charlotte business community, County, and City are leading the way in implementing sustainable practices across the board.
Participating Buildings
1.    1 Bank of America Center
2.    223 N. Graham (Land Design)
3.    301 S. McDowell
4.    330 S. Tryon
5.    400 S. Tryon (primarily Duke Energy)
6.    401 S. College Street (Duke Energy)
7.    500 N. Tryon
8.    525 N. Tryon
9.    526 S. Church Street (Duke Energy)
10.  Ally Center
11.  Bank of America Corporate Center 
12.  Bank of America Plaza
13.  BB&T Center
14.  Carillon
15.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
16.  Charlotte National Building 
17.  Charlotte Plaza
18.  Civil Courthouse
19.  County & Courts Office Building
20.  Duke Energy Center
21.  Fifth Third Center
22.  First Citizens Bank Plaza
23.  Gateway Center
24.  Gateway Village
25.  The Green
26.  Hearst Tower 
27.  The Johnston Building
28.  Judge Clifton E. Johnson Building
29.  NASCAR Plaza
30.  New Courthouse (832 E. 4th)
31.  Old City Hall
32.  One Wells Fargo
33.  Three Wells Fargo
34.  Tryon Plaza (112 S. Tryon)
35.  Two Wells Fargo 
36.  UNC Charlotte Center City