Citi Celebrates Earth Hour 2016
By Steven Avadek, Director and Global Head, Citi Realty Services March 30, 2016 04:00 PM
Vashi Branch, Mumbai, India
For the ninth year in a row, Citi has engaged in Earth Hour campaign efforts encouraging Citi facilities to go 'dark' on March 19th between 8:30PM and 9:30 PM local time. Every year, Citi Realty Services coordinates with Citi sites across the globe to participate in Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights in office facilities and branches around the world. This year, Citi sites in South Africa, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, The UAE, The UK and US were among the over 3,181 Citi locations in 1,120 cities in 94 countries that switched off their lights during Earth Hour.
Citi first joined the Earth Hour event in 2008 with more than 50 registered locations, and has continued over the years to add more sites to support the campaign around the world. Sustainability is a key priority at Citi and I’m proud of the level of employee engagement around our sustainability initiatives. This year Citi came together more than ever before surpassing last year’s total sites ‘going dark’ and exceeding a participation rate of over 67 percent. Employee participation is critical to the success of any sustainability program and our colleagues continue to demonstrate their commitment to the importance of our sustainability initiatives.
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement by World Wildlife Fund to unite people to take action for the planet. Earth Hour was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Visit https://www.earthhour.org for more stories and articles on teams using the Earth Hour movement to shine a light on climate action.