Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has confirmed its
participation in Earth Hour 2009, a global environmental awareness event
organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
On Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30
p.m., all 56 of Fairmont's hotels and resorts from
Dallas to Dubai will go dark by turning off their lights
for one hour - Earth Hour - and help draw further
attention to one of the world's single largest
environmental issues: climate change.
In addition to switching off principal
lighting, a number of Fairmont's properties will also
mark this eco-friendly event with creative and
innovative programming in an effort to involve hotel
guests in this global phenomenon.
At Toronto's Fairmont Royal
York, the hotel is creating a special line-up of "green"
themed cocktails to be served in its famed Library Bar
and will also illuminate its indoor pool area with more
than 100 floating candles.
In Seattle, the AAA Five Diamond
Fairmont Olympic will host a charming candlelit dinner
featuring an impressive selection of French-inspired
Northwest cuisine in The Georgian.
Spreading the word in the United Arab
Emirates will be The Fairmont Dubai, which will share
facts and figures about lighting usage and tips on
energy conservation with guests and local businesses
Not to be outdone, The Fairmont
Chateau Lake Louise, which is 50% powered by a blend of
wind and run-of-river electricity generation, will light
up its picturesque lakeshore with ice luminaries and
invite guests to gather around a roaring fire and enjoy
an old-fashioned storytelling session under the stars.
Earth Hour is a global WWF climate
change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments
and communities are invited to turn out their lights for
one hour on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. to show
their support for action on climate change.
The event began in Sydney in
2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights.
In 2008, more than 50 million people, including several
Fairmont hotels around the globe, participated. In 2009,
Earth Hour aims to reach out to 1 billion people in
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