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Denver International Airport To Turn Off the Lights for Earth Hour 2013

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Illuminated Signs, ‘Mustang’ to Go Dark

DENVER, CO — March 21, 2013 — For the first time, Denver International Airport will participate in the worldwide celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off the illuminated DIA sign along Pena Boulevard, the illuminated sign marking the Jeppesen Terminal and the lights on the base of the “Mustang” statue.

The airport will first turn the LED sign along eastbound/inbound Pena Boulevard green, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., in a symbolic expression of Denver’s efforts to work toward a greener city and planet. The sign, along with an illuminated sign at the entry to the Jeppesen Terminal and the lights that illuminate the “Mustang” statue, will be turned off entirely from 8:30-9:30 p.m. in celebration of Earth Hour. DIA is also encouraging its employees to turn off non-essential lights during Earth Hour.

“Denver International Airport has a widespread reputation as a green airport, and we are a leader in working to reduce the environmental impact of our daily operations,” said Kim Day, Manager of Aviation. “We are proud to join in this international celebration of our planet, and to acknowledge the environmental challenges it faces.”

The Earth Hour event will not affect operations at the airport, and the lights will be turned back on at the conclusion of the event.

About DIA’s Green Initiatives:

Denver International Airport’s environmental management has established many firsts in the United States and internationally:

  • First airport in the United States to be accepted into the EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track Program (2006)
  • Received FAA Environmental Stewardship Award (2007)  Accepted into Colorado’s environmental leadership program as a Gold level member (2004)
  • Active participation in local and state sustainability initiatives including Greenprint Denver and Colorado Action Climate Plan
  • DIA currently recycles or reuses 21 different types of materials, including approximately 70 percent of collected aircraft deicing fluids. (2011)

About Earth Hour:

Earth Hour inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment. For more information, visit http://www.earthhour.org.

Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport.


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