Governor, L.A. residents applaud lights out event
By Ashley Wright
October 20, 2007
Efforts to raise awareness about energy consumption in the Bay
Area through tonight's Lights Out San Francisco event are being
applauded by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a search engine and another
Schwarzenegger released a statement today in response to Lights
Out San Francisco, which asks city landmarks and residents to
turn off their nonessential lights between 8 and 9 p.m.
"Tonight's event is an illuminating example to all Californians
that one of the easiest ways to protect our environment is to
simply turn off the lights," Schwarzenegger wrote. "I
commend all of tonight's supporters and participants, including
the many businesses and buildings that have made special arrangements
to save energy."
Landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, City Hall, the Bay
Bridge, Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and the Palace of Fine Arts plan
to participate, according to organizers.
Roadway lights will remain on for safety reasons, a Lights Out
Individual energy consumers are being asked to turn off all nonessential
lights and to install at least one energy efficient compact fluorescent
light bulb, which use less energy than traditional bulbs.
Lights Out volunteers are driving around the city in a biodiesel-powered
bus handing out free bulbs, according to Nate Tyler, executive
director of Lights Out. Bulbs will also be available at Dolores
Park between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. A candlelit celebration will
be held in the park during the dark hour.
In response to the efforts by Lights Out San Francisco organizers,
the city of Los Angeles will also be turning off nonessential
lighting in landmarks, Tyler said.
"Los Angeles has decided to turn its lights out tonight,
so we are not alone," Tyler said.
Google is also participating in the event and has turned off
the lights on its main search page, making the screen black instead
of white for Bay Area users.
"Given our company's commitment to environmental awareness
and energy efficiency, we strongly support Lights Out campaign,
and have darkened our homepage today to help spread awareness
of what we hope will be a highly successful citywide event,"
the website states.
Another Lights Out San Francisco will be held March 29 and a
national Lights Out website will soon be launched, according to
Information about the Lights Out San Francisco event is available
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