On Saturday March 31 at 8:30 pm, our resorts in Las Vegas, Singapore and Macao are joining the world by turning off all non-essential exterior lights for one hour—Earth Hour. It’s part of the largest public message ever for environmental change. 

I spoke about our environmental efforts with Rishi Tirupari, who is a project manager on our Sustainability team. He’s the fellow in the picture below.

“Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when more than 2 million people turned off their lights for one hour to take a stand on environmental protection,” he told me. “It has become a worldwide event since.”

In 2011, over 150 million people in 135 countries with more than 5,200 cities participated in Earth Hour. More than 1,000 of the world’s man-made marvels and natural wonders—including the Pyramids in Egypt, Niagara Falls, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House and Buckingham Place—will be participating. It’s inspiring when the world comes together like this.

“For us, it’s not just about one hour,” Rishi said. “It’s about making a commitment to ongoing change that reduces our impact on the environment.”

When I asked Rishi what sort of commitment we as a company have made, he said: “It’s a steadfast commitment, with real world results.”

He gave examples: “We’re installing energy efficiency lighting throughout our resorts. We’re reducing energy use every year by over a million dollars. We’re committed to renewable energy, using Solar PV and Solar Thermal, and we’re building to LEED standards and operations, even exceeding LEED energy efficiency standards.”

Knowing that our company is so committed to the environment makes me exceedingly proud to work here. Great job to Rishi and the rest of our Sustainability team! My hope is that all our team members will participate at home and turn off all non-essential lights to honor this major environmental event.