Last night at exactly 8.30pm, The Brunei Hotel joined the nation in celebrating Earth Hour by turning off some non-essential lights. But in following this year's theme, "Beyond the Hour", the lights were switched off for a total duration of not one, but two hours, right up till 10.30pm.
Some students from the university-based radio station UBD FM were also invited to join the Earth Hour celebration at The Brunei Hotel.
According to MD Kamarredzawan (DJ Ridd) from the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies, UBD, the students were delighted to receive the invitation. For the Earth Hour event, they provided an "Earth Hour Pledge Tree" on which hotel guests could sign and write some motivating words to mark the occasion.
In going beyond the hour, The Brunei Hotel had appointed staff from each of its departments to monitor and observe energy usage during their operations.
Guests at the celebration were also entertained to live acoustic performances from Mojo Blues, Country Roads and a local band known as "5:10am". The guests also had the opportunity to "dine in" with the International Candle Light buffet dinner at Choices Restaurant at The Brunei Hotel.
The Brunei Hotel is showing its commitment towards preserving the environment by not only conserving energy but also by supporting the "Go Green" programme, in which guests can opt out from having their linens washed on a daily basis.
Furthermore, with the appointment of its own Green Team, the hotel has pledged to go beyond its existing programme and beyond the Earth Hour. Borneo Bulletin