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Lights Go Out Sunderland Bridges Joins Earth Hour 2010

Thursday, 25 March 2010

The Bridges Shopping Centre will plunge into darkness for the first time this Saturday 27 March 2010 at 8.30pm, joining people and companies around the world for the WWF's Earth Hour. 


Earth Hour aims to reach over one billion people in 5,000 cities and towns across the globe in its stand against climate change.


The centre will be joining the environmental mission by switching off nearly all external lighting as well as lights across the internal malls and service corridors. It is estimated that this simple gesture will extinguish more than 7,000 light bulbs.


Land Securities, owner of the bridges, has 14 shopping centres from Aberdeen to Portsmouth, its London office buildings and the iconic Piccadilly Lights will be participating in the hour long switch off to support WWF in its efforts to make this the biggest ever global participation event.


Phil Steele, centre director of the Bridges, comments on the big switch off: "We've realised that often it's the very simple things that make a big difference that is why we are installing low energy light bulbs and motion sensors for back of house operations.


"We're also keen to encourage our occupiers and employees to change their everyday habits to help us reduce our emissions year on year.  In just one hour all our participating retail properties will save an estimated 862kgs of CO2 emissions which is an equivalent volume of approximately 56,000 footballs!"


This is the second environmental mission the Bridges has taken part in in recent weeks. At the start of March it hosted a 'tip tree' exhibition which encouraged customers to change their habits and become a little greener and more environmentally focussed.


The focus of the exhibition was a 3m tree shaped stand full of practical hints and tips that can help make people aware of how a small change in their habits can make a big difference in reducing total environmental impacts.


The thirteen environmental tips and facts include themes on food wastage, water savings, energy reduction and recycling. The idea of the 'tip tree' is to raise awareness of the extent of some of society's impacts and also what we can do as individuals to help bring about reductions.