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Pittsburgh Councilman William Peduto announced the roster of local participants in Earth Hour today, saying 16 institutions are joining the global call to cut energy use by turning off lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Turning off building lights or encouraging their employees or students to consider shutting off lights at home are the Bank of New York Mellon, Chatham University, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Science Center, the Environmental Charter School, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the Group Against Smog and Pollution, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, PNC Financial Services, the United Steelworkers of America, the University of Pittsburgh and its Falk Laboratory School, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its Mercy Hospital, and city government, according to Mr. Peduto's office.

"I am proud of the many individuals who have taken a leadership role at the local level in promoting this global initiative," said Mr. Peduto in a press release.

Earth Hour is an effort to get people and institutions to turn off the lights for 60 minutes and think about energy conservation, and organizers of the third-annual event aim to involve a billion people, up from an estimated 50 million last year and 2.2 million in 2007, when it started in Sydney, Australia.



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