In the countdown to Earth Hour this Saturday, the Property Council is calling on business and government across the state to shine a light on positive energy use practices.
Earth Hour 2008 will see Adelaide switch off from 8-9pm on Saturday March 29th. Property Council SA Division Executive Director Nathan Paine says the property sector has taken a leading role promoting the message of Earth Hour – the importance of reducing energy use wherever and whenever possible.
“It is heartening to see so many properties getting involved in Earth Hour,” Mr Paine says.
“Although it’s only one hour out of the year, it is an hour that powerfully demonstrates what we can achieve as a community.
“It is easy to downplay the immediate environmental impact of Earth Hour, but it is foolhardy underestimate its educational importance.”
“The active involvement of the property industry in Earth Hour is a culmination of the industry’s drive for sustainability.
“The property industry is already leading the way in terms of sustainability with Adelaide having more Five Star Green Star office space than any other capital city, the largest Five Star Green Star Office in the nation – ANZ House built by the Aspen Group – and the highest design rated Six Star Green Star Office building in the nation, VS1, which is currently under construction. South Australia and the property industry already have much to be proud of” Mr Paine said
But as Earth Hour is on a Saturday night when many commercial office buildings are already switched off, a number of property companies have also committed to an hour-in-lieu to show their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Many businesses will already be on reduced or no lighting on a Saturday, so to make a mark when there’s still an audience, these companies will be switching off from 4-5pm this Friday,” Mr Paine said.
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Property Council of Australia
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