CB Richard Ellis has signed up its support for the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Earth Hour 2009, which will take place in more than 1,100 cities and 80 countries on Saturday, 28 March, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. local time.
Earth Hour is a movement that unites cities, businesses, schools, organizations and individuals around the globe by turning out lights for one hour in a symbolic and unified call for action on climate change.
CBRE is encouraging 'lights-out' participation across its two billion square feet global real estate management portfolio. Additionally, CBRE will encourage Earth Hour observance in its own 300 offices around the world and encourage personal participation among more than 30,000 global employees. CBRE joins a diverse roster of leading businesses in supporting the global initiative. Participating cities across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region include Madrid, London, Athens, Prague, Dublin, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
In 2007, CBRE became the first commercial real estate services company to announce a commitment to become carbon neutral in its own operations. In addition, CB Richard Ellis is assisting property owners and occupiers with energy efficiency programs at building space it manages around the world. As the leading commercial real estate services firm, CBRE is uniquely positioned to influence participation in Earth Hour around the world.
"By taking part in Earth Hour 2009, we are sending a powerful message across the globe about people's concern regarding the adverse effects of climate change both now and in the future and their commitment to environmental sustainability," said David Hitchcock, Head of Building Consultancy for CB Richard Ellis in the UK.
"CBRE will encourage Earth Hour observance across all our UK offices Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton. Additionally, as the leading property management agency in the UK, CBRE has arranged for the following buildings to take part in the 'lights-out':
· Royal Mint Court, Dexter House, London EC3N 4QN
· Cannon Bridge House, 25 Dowgate Hill London EC4R 2YA
· Vintners Place 68 Upper Thames Street, London EC4V 3BJ
· London Bridge City, 1 Battlesbridge Lane SE1 2HP
· Cottons Centre, Cottons Lane London
· 6 Hays Lane London
· Hays Galleria London
· 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3XD
· Citypoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW
· Thames Court, 1 Queenhithe London EC4V 3DX
· Kingsfield House 66 Prescot Street London E1 8HG
· 100 leman Street London E1 8EU
· 88 Wood Street London EC2V 7AJ
· 7 Howick Place London SW1P 1AZ
· 99 Bishopsgate, City of London
· Vintners Place, City of London
· City Point, City of London
· Angel Gate, City of London
· Exchange House, Milton Keynes
· Matrix House, Milton Keynes
· Cunard Building, Liverpool
· Castle Chambers, Liverpool
· Kingsgate, Stockport
· Astley/Byrom House, Manchester
· Churchgate House, Manchester
· Beetham Tower, Manchester
· Windsor House, Harrogate
· Greens Ind. Park, Wakefield
· Lateral, Leeds
· Hythe Marine Park, Hythe
· Dukes Keep, Southampton
· Crowngate, Worcester
· Keel Row, Blyth
· Monument Mall, Newcastle
· Three Spires, Litchfield
· Centrale, Croydon
· The Avenue, Bournemouth
· Elmsleigh, Staines
· Kings Mall, Hammersmith, London.
"World Wildlife Fund is pleased that CBRE is taking part in Earth Hour 2009," said WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts. "The climate crisis is threatening the ability of our planet to support its inhabitants in the future. Not only is energy efficiency good for the bottom line, but smart companies know they must operate in ways that don't deplete our world's limited natural resources if they want to stay in business in the long term. Earth Hour is a great time for companies to find ways to reduce their environmental footprint not only in their own operations, but throughou