Mall hosts Earth Hour switch Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Cebu Daily News Inquirer
(April 9th, 2012) SM City joined the Cebuano community in switching off the lights for Earth Hour on March 31.
The ceremonial switch off held at the Northwing Atrium was graced by Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña, former city councilor and environmentalist engineer Nestor Archival, Vince Cinches, environmental lawyer Tara Rama, Cebu City environmental officer William Artajo and Lyle Lewis, general manager of Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu and vice president of Carlson Rezidor in Asia Pacific.
SM City Cebu, in cooperation with the Department of Energy and the Worldwide Fund for Nature, joined the world’s largest environmental campaign to foster awareness on the need to respond to the global issue of climate change.
The program opened with a song number from the Close to Nature Choir, followed by speeches.
Participants carried banners that pledged support for the environment. “It is important that we respect Mother Earth, and I admire SM that they are united with us this evening in the celebration of Earth Hour,” said Osmeña in her speech.
“For years, SM Supermalls has internalized the ethic of sustainable business and has operated a diligent and dedicated environmental program focusing on efficient business, environmental stewardship and awareness. All of our newest SM Supermalls are designed to promote energy and resource efficiency, providing the best for our patrons while minimizing out environmental impact,” said SM City Cebu assistant mall manager Kristine Seno during her welcome message.
At 8:30 p.m., the Northwing dimmed half of its lights, including the logo of SM City Cebu in the mall façade, billboard, lights in the hallways, including tenants’ signage in the Northwing.
The event capped with the signing of the commitment wall and a performance from the drumbeaters, Lupon Anduyo.
Guests were then ushered to Radisson Blu hotel where the ceremonial switching on of lights was held at 9:30 p.m.