logoATLANTA (March 23, 2011) On Saturday, March 26th the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), which includes the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park, will participate in Earth Hour.

Created in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour is a designated time when people and organizations around the world turn off lights to show their support for the environment and energy conservation. On March 26th from 8:30-9:30 pm, the GWCCA campus will turn off the lights on International Plaza at the GWCC, the lights along the drum wall at the Georgia Dome and the lights at the Fountain of Rings as well as Googie Burger and the Visitors Center at Centennial Olympic Park. Additionally, external marquees will display a message promoting energy conservation during the hour. By participating in Earth Hour, the GWCCA will show their commitment to energy conservation.

“Although we can’t turn off all of the lights on our campus due to the nature of our business,” said GWCCA Sustainability Coordinator Tim Trefzer, “we want to demonstrate our commitment and support of this world-wide initiative by eliminating auxiliary lighting for Earth Hour. We recognize that because of limited resources and growing demand, minimizing energy consumption is the most sustainable alternative available.”

The GWCCA campus is committed to sustainability and energy conservation. Non-essential lighting is regularly turned off when possible and escalators are turned off when sections of the buildings are not in use. A recent initiative includes a $2.3 million overhaul of the exhibit hall lighting, upgrade of lighting controls and additional lighting motion sensors at the GWCC. During facility renovations, the Authority also incorporates fixtures, equipment, and strategies that aim to reduce overall consumption.

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A lasting legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Centennial Olympic Park has become a performing-arts venue, community gathering-space and an anchor for downtown development. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority operates the 21-acre Park, as well as the Georgia Dome and Georgia World Congress Center. The three state-owned facilities are one of the largest combined sports, entertainment and convention center facilities in the world.