Dallas After Dark: Tomorrow Night, It's Lights Out, Yet Again, For Earth Hour

Speaking of our pal Justin ...

Last year we enlisted him to shoot the city as it went dark for World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour. Only problem: Despite the lengthy list of buildings scheduled to join the 60-minute blackout, it didn't look all that different -- maybe a little dimmer.

Which isn't stopping Dallas from giving this another go: Frank Librio at Dallas City Hall sends word that tomorrow night, "hundreds of North Texas residents and businesses have made a commitment" to turn off "all non-essential lights for one hour." Should last from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Says Mayor Tom, "Earth Hour is an opportunity to unite with our neighbors around the globe on a singular issue that is  important to us all. This event complements the work we've been doing with our Green Dallas initiatives and is a symbolic way to make a bold statement about Dallas's commitment to the environment."

A list of participating buildings follows. I, on the other hand, will be well-lit after having spent the afternoon at Lee Harvey's. And, moments ago, the Fairmont Hotel sent word that it's offering "a candlelight Happy Earth Hour, featuring organic appetizers and the resurrection of the sustainable-themed signature drink, the Ecotini."

Via City Hall, this the list of a few of the "hundreds of North Texas residents and businesses" that say they'll go lights-out tomorrow. City Hall also provided the buiildings' descriptions.

1700 Pacific Avenue (known for its stair step top)

1900 North Akard St. (home of Hunt Oil; building with lighted elliptical extending "over" Woodall Rogers)

2100 Ross

3811 Turtle Creek Centre

Bank of America Plaza (recognizable green neon outline

Belmont Hotel

Chase Tower (known for its hole near the top of the building)

Comerica Bank Tower (former Bank One Center; granite barrel vaulted skyscraper)

Crescent Court

DART & Sanger Harris Building (DART Headquarters)

Fairmont Dallas

Fountain Place (blue-green reflective glass skyscraper with its characteristic pointed top)

Hotel Lawrence

Hyatt Regency Dallas (known for its mirrored exterior/adjacent to Reunion Tower)

Mercantile Bank Building (ornamental clock tower and spire)

One Victory Park

Renaissance Tower (large X lighting design--also known as home to J.R. Ewing's office)

Reunion Tower (signature lighted ball atop the tower)

Rosewood Court

Sheraton Dallas Hotel

South Side on Lamar


The Tower at Cityplace

Transwestern properties- Central Region

UNT Systems Building (downtown)UNT Dallas Campus

In addition, numerous City-owned assets are participating including (among others):

City Hall

Dallas Central Library

Dallas Convention Center

Dealey Plaza

Ferris Plaza (with fountain across from Dallas Morning News and Union Station)

Main Street Garden Park

Pegasus Plaza

The Pegasus (red neon sign atop Magnolia Hotel)

In 2009, many of Dallas was one of only nine key U.S. cities leading the Earth Hour effort. Many of the city's landmark buildings making up Dallas' signature skyline responded to Mayor Leppert's challenge to participate.  Earth Hour 2009 marked the first time that Dallas' signature skyline and central business district intentionally went dark.

There is still time to participate! Dallas and North Texas residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to turn off their lights for the event. To officially sign-up and be counted, log on to www.MyEarthHour.org

Lights affecting public safety, such as lights in public spaces and street lights will remain on.

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