City observing ‘Earth Hour’ Saturday

When you’re driving towards Downtown Saturday night, don’t be alarmed if you don’t see any lights.

Minneapolis’ skyscrapers will go dark from 8 to 9 p.m. as part of “Earth Hour,” a worldwide effort to conserve energy and raise awareness about efforts to fight global warming.

Residents and businesses of all sizes are also encouraged to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint by switching off the lights.

Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak approved a resolution on March 21 to become one of the first cities in North America to join the Earth Hour program.

Most city facilities already use minimal power on weekend evenings, and as a focal point of Earth Hour, the city will also turn off the decorative lighting on the underside of the Stone Arch Bridge for the night, according to a prepared city statement.

For more information, click on www.EarthHourUS.org or the city’s site on sustainability efforts — www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/sustainability.