Part of Los Angeles International (LAX) literally went green on March 28.
For the hour that preceded Earth Hour on March 28, the 100-foot-tall LAX Gateway pylons that light up the entrance to the airport went solid green. Then, during Earth Hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. they were turned off completely as part of a worldwide effort to raise awareness of the need to conserve energy.
“Los Angeles World Airports is proud to have helped the city of Los Angeles and the World Wildlife Fund raise awareness of climate change through its participation and promotion of Earth Hour,” says Robert Freeman, airport environmental services division manager.
It is the first time the airport participated in the program, and it will likely do so again, an official said.
Other landmarks in Los Angeles that turned off their lights during Earth Hour included
the Getty Museum, the Music Center, Disney Hall, Griffith Park Observatory and city hall.
In another energy-saving effort, the airport has a new computer power-management program that was implemented last week. Computers, hard drives and related components will be put into a low-power “sleep mode” after one hour of inactivity; monitors will go into “sleep mode” after 20 minutes. Certain selected offices and activities at LAX will not participate in the program.