BROOKLYN (March 27, 2015) – Barclays Center will join millions of people and organizations worldwide tomorrow, March 28, in “going dark” for World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, an international event in support of the environment. From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the LEED® Silver Certified Barclays Center will turn off its non-essential lights, including the Oculus, LEDs behind the exterior steel panels, façade signage including “Barclays Center” on the side and front of the building, and almost all inside concourse overhead as a symbolic call to action to protect our planet.
As part of a global Earth Hour campaign organized by AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s industry-leading corporate sustainability program, Barclays Center joins more than 40 AEG Facilities-affiliated venues in 33 cities, seven countries and four continents across the globe in celebrating its commitment to the environment.
“We are proud to participate in Earth Hour again here at Barclays Center,” said Barclays Center General Manager Steve Rosebrook. “It is our hope that these continued efforts to create a more environmentally aware community will enable Barclays Center and Brooklyn to become more sustainable.”
Earth Hour is designed to show the power each one of us has to make a difference and demonstrate the collective strength of these small actions. Earth Hour started in just one city in 2007 and has spread to more than 7,000 cities covering all seven continents. The annual event takes place from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. across all time zones and includes countless global landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Empire State Building in New York to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
“AEG has many initiatives to engage our guests and employees in sustainability,” said John Marler, AEG’s Senior Director of Energy and Environment. “We place a strong emphasis on Earth Hour each year because it enables our very visible venues around the world to make a strong statement about the urgency of environmental issues.”
“Barclays Center is thrilled to participate in such an important initiative as Earth Hour,” said Steve Rosebrook, General Manager of Barclays Center. “It’s a great way for us to utilize our position in the community to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire people to take action.”
In 2010, AEG established a set of 2020 environmental performance goals across five issue areas, including energy and climate, water, waste, responsible purchasing, and education. In 2015, the company will release its fourth AEG 1EARTH Environmental Sustainability Report, which will provide an update on progress towards AEG’s 2020 goals and share stories of AEG’s involvement Earth Hour and other environmental events worldwide.
National Grid is the Official Energy Sponsor of Barclays Center and presenting partner of ‘B’ Green, a fan engagement program designed to inspire the venue’s guests to help the environment through easy and fun activities. The sustainability practices are also incorporated into Barclays Center operations.
For more information please visit earthour.org