Citi Breaks a Record in the Earth Hour 2014 Participation
By Steven Avadek, Global Head of Sustainability, Citi Realty Services April 18, 2014 04:01 PM
Citibank House Branch Dubai, UAE Participates in Earth Hour
For the seventh consecutive year, Citi showed its support for environmental sustainability by participating in Earth Hour. The company turned off lights in a record 3,046 of its 6,967 office facilities and branches worldwide. During Earth Hour 2014, a global initiative led by World Wildlife Fund, individuals, businesses, governments and communities were invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 29, at 8:30 p.m.
I am so proud of the employee engagement around our CRS sustainability initiatives. Employee participation is critical to the success of any sustainability program and CRS employees really demonstrated how important sustainability is to them this year.
Citi's Realty Services group coordinated and mobilized Citi's Earth Hour participation. The initial hope was to have a 35% participation rate, but it was eclipsed and CRS had 43% of its properties participate. The initiative covered 1,189 cities in 89 countries. This year, Citi sites in Moscow, Bogota, Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Singapore were among those that switched off their lights.