ATLANTA – (March 21, 2013) On Saturday, March 23rd the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), which includes the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park, will participate in Earth Hour for the third consecutive year.

Created in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour is a designated time when people and organizations around the world turn off lights to show their support for sustainability and energy conservation. On March 23rd from 8:30-9:30 p.m., the GWCCA campus will turn off the lights on International Plaza at the GWCC, the lights along the drum wall at the Georgia Dome and the Hermes Towers at Centennial Olympic Park. By participating in Earth Hour, the GWCCA will show their commitment to energy conservation.

“We hope that by participating in this important cause, we can help raise awareness with businesses and visitors downtown,” said GWCCA Sustainability Coordinator Tim Trefzer.

The GWCCA campus is committed to sustainability and energy conservation. In Fiscal Year 2012, the GWCCA diverted 1,349 tons of material from landfills and hosted the campus’ first “Zero Waste Event” with EarthShare of Georgia for Earth Day. The Georgia World Congress Center and Georgia Dome also joined the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge and completed energy audits of the facilities.

For more information about the GWCCA’s green initiatives, visit: