The Ball drops on New Year…and it’s Green!

Every year millions of people get together in Times Square New York to celebrate the New Year. Traditionally the ball drop ceremony takes place on New Years Eve at Times Square. The ball is dropped as people begin the countdown to the New Year. At exactly 11:59 PM (EST) tomorrow the ball will begin its descent on New York city. For the past 103 years the ball drop ceremony has taken place every New Years Eve. This year it’s even more special. It’s special because the ball is lighted with sustainable LED lights.

The pattern of the ball has been designed by Waterford Crystal. Times Square NYC reports, ‘For 2010 Waterford Crystal has designed a new sparkling “Let There Be Courage” triangle. The crystals feature a unique interlocking ribbon pattern woven into the Celtic knot. The triangles, each about 3/8″ thick and 6.8 ounces in weight are custom made and built to exacting standards to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation that exist over 400 feet above Times Square. 288 are being installed alongside crystal installed in previous years. Waterford has also released a New Year’s Eve iPhone app called “Clink-Clink”!’

It is very cool to see how various companies are coming together and taking the whole Green design approach seriously. The ball is powered with LEDs which will help save energy and are environmentally friendly. Get ready to view this spectacle live tomorrow.

Written for and published on the Amvona Blog

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