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Lights out! Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world celebrate Earth Hour

Posted by Melanie Nayer  March 22, 2013 12:00 PM

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Ritz_Laguna_Niguel_00356_Gallery.jpgThe Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in California will celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday.

This Saturday, Ritz-Carlton hotels, resorts, clubs and residences around the world will shut off the lights for one hour in recognition of Earth Hour. The Earth Hour homage is part of the hotel company's commitment to Community Footprints (, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s social and environmental responsibility program.

If you're staying at a Ritz-Carlton on Saturday, prepare to go dark at 8:30pm local time. Some hotels are celebrating with special Earth Hour events, including:

  • At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Eco-Adventure Center naturalists will guide guests in discovering the constellations that can be seen in the night sky.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Doha guests will be invited to participate in “candlelight yoga” to celebrate Earth Hour.
  • Guests at Hotel Arts, Barcelona will receive LED candles to take to their rooms and be invited to come down to Frank’s Bar, where they will be offered a complimentary glass of cava to enjoy Earth Hour in a dimmed-light setting.
  • At The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul, hotel staff will celebrate Earth Hour by wearing the traditional “Hanbok” costume, and holding a Korean lantern to light the way for guests.

“The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is committed to working towards a more sustainable future, by preserving natural resources and minimizing our impact on the environment,” comments Sue Stephenson, vice president, Community Footprints for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Earth Hour is an outstanding forum for us to exercise this commitment and help raise awareness for the importance of environmental responsibility around the globe.”

If you're on Twitter, follow @RitzCarltonCSR to watch the various activities and 'lights-out' experiences that are happening at hotels around the world.

Earth Hour was founded by the World Wildlife Fund® (WWF) with the goal of bringing attention to sustainability issues on our planet. It's reported that Earth Hour takes place among millions of people across 152 countries, all who switch off the lights at the same time.

Readers: What are you doing to celebrate Earth Hour?

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