With a goal to unite the world on climate change efforts, the annual Earth Hour awareness event was celebrated on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Cities, monuments, and architectural landmarks in time zones around the world participated with great enthusiasm by going lights-off for 60 minutes starting at 8:30 pm local time.
In support of this global initiative, traditionally architected BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs in North America participated by turning lights off for the hour. Beyond Earth Hour, BAPS is committed to continuously supporting environmentally sustainable efforts through harnessing innovative, energy-efficient designs, materials, and technologies in its Mandirs and activities. Currently, many facilities utilize solar power, LED lighting, power-saving fiber optics and management practices to ensure energy consumption is both optimal and efficient.