2009
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
pbrozynski@ben.edu

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.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.