The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will join with families and businesses across the globe to celebrate international Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. Founded by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global phenomenon during which millions of people extinguish their lights for one hour in support of a cleaner, safer, less energy-intensive future. A record 20 states, 65 cities and 11 counties in the United States are expected to dim their lights on March 27 for Earth Hour 2010. Designed and constructed to attain LEED® Gold certification, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will support Earth Hour by working via candlelight in its Lobby and porte cochere areas on March 27 – an evening practice which is celebrated regularly at the environmentally-focused hotel in Uptown. The inauguration of Earth Hour took place in Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2007, when more than two million people and two thousand businesses across the city switched off their lights and appliances for one hour. From its modest beginnings, the Earth Hour message has swept the planet, and this year, Earth Hour aims to reach one billion people in 1,000 cities across the globe.