Benedictine University going dark to shed light on global warming

Benedictine University going dark to shed light on global warming
March 16, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Benedictine University is going dark on March 28 to help shed some light on the problem of global climate change. The University will participate in Earth Hour, a movement that began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour to draw attention to the problem of global warming. One year later, more than 50 million people from San Francisco to Rome to New York switched off their lights. This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election between Earth and global warming. Organizers are hoping more than 1 billion people use their light switch as a vote for Earth. To show its support, Benedictine University will shut down the road lights at the main entrance to the campus off College Road in front of the Birck Hall of Science, past the Ave Maria Shrine to the Krasa Student Center from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The road will be blocked off by Benedictine Police as a safety precaution. The lights in the Krasa Center and Founders’ Woods parking lots will also be turned off, and Benedictine University is encouraging campus residents to observe Earth Hour in their rooms and community members to turn off their lights at home. Participation in Earth Hour is part of Benedictine’s “Years for the Environment” campaign. For more information, visit the University Web site at http://www.ben.edu/yfte/index.asp.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.