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(Friday, October 16, 2009)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that Honolulu has joined 49 other “green” cities across the country to participate in the SustainLane Local Action Challenge. For the next eight weeks, U.S. cities will show their support for the upcoming Climate Conference in Copenhagen by encouraging residents to participate in action items that promote environmental sustainability, such as “Honolulu City Lights Out.”


“Honolulu City Lights Out is one of ten actions we can all participate in to help make a statement in Honolulu about the need to protect the environment from damage linked to global warming,” Hannemann said. “We have made an ongoing commitment to sustainability as part of a world-wide response to climate change.”


As one of the “Ten Things You Can Do For a More Sustainable Honolulu,” the Mayor asks that people turn off non-essential lights and appliances for one hour every third Saturday of the month, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The next Honolulu City Lights Out event will be tomorrow, (Saturday, October 17).


Hannemann noted that over 1,000 U.S. Mayors have now signed onto the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, and that Honolulu was among the early advocates with Hannemann signing in 2005.


The rest of Honolulu’s suggested “green” activities reflect a wide range of environmentally friendly offerings, from recycling to beach clean-ups to “ratting out an invasive species.”


Honolulu’s complete “Ten Things” list can be found online at SustainLane’s Local Action Challenge Web site: , with weekly prizes offered for participants who post photos of their sustainable activities.


Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Press Secretary, 768-6928