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Austin Skyline To Dim For Earth Hour Tonight

Major downtown buildings will turn off their lights for an hour starting at 8:30 pm.
Photo by Justin Fain at Flickr
Major downtown buildings will turn off their lights for an hour starting at 8:30 pm.

Austin's skyline will be noticeably darker from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm as the city participates in Earth Hour,an annual event held across the globe to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change. 

Mayor Lee Leffingwell held a press conference yesterday to announce the list of buildings that will be going dark tonight (security lights excluded):

  • Austin City Hall (301 W. 2nd St.)
  • One Texas Center (505 Barton Springs Road)
  • Town Lake Center
  • Municipal Court (700 East 7th St.)
  • Municipal Building
  • Faulk Library (800 Guadalupe St.)
  • Waller Creek Plaza
  • San Jacinto Center (98 San Jacinto Blvd.)
  •  One American Center (600 Congress Ave.)
  • Frost Bank Tower (401 Congress Ave.)
  • 111 Congress Building
  • 300 W. 6th Street Building
  • The Driskill Hotel (604 Brazos St.)
  • 816 Congress Ave.
  • 301 Congress Ave.
  •  100 Congress Ave.
  • Austin Centre Building (701 Brazos St.)
  • Hilton Austin (500 East 4th St.)
  • Sheraton Austin Hotel (701 East 11th St.)
  •  823 Congress Ave.
  •  The Texas Capitol
  •  Tower at The University of Texas at Austin 
  • Doubletree Suites by Hilton (303 W. 15th Street)
  •  All University of Texas Athletic Facilities (Except Disch-Falk Field)

Austinites can also participate in the Earth Hour by turning off their own lights and powering down computers and electronics.
An Earth Hour Austin Facebook page has been set up, and an Earth Hour candlelight vigil and free outdoor piano recital is scheduled for 8:30 pm at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake.