City of Virginia Beach asks residents, businesses to turn off lights for one hour

Posted at 3:23 PM, Mar 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-26 15:23:01-04

Virginia Beach, Va. – The City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and numerous local organizations will join millions worldwide in switching off the lights in homes and businesses for one hour this weekend.

“Earth Hour” is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Earth Hour is a “lights off” event ‘symbolizing easy steps everyone can take to benefit the planet’.

The city of Virginia Beach is asking you to join city facilities and VBCPS, as well as 162 countries and territories around the globe, in turning off your lights.

In the lead up to Earth Hour 2015, the city has been examining ways it can operate more efficiently, waste less, and reduce its ecological footprint, according to the city website. This is Virginia Beach’s second year participating.

On March 3, Mayor Sessoms signed a proclamation officially establishing March 28, 2015, as “Earth Hour” in Virginia Beach, officials say.

City landmarks, including the city seal at Mount Trashmore, the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the fountain at Town Center plaza and many others will all go dark. They will be joined by global icons including the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Buckingham Palace, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, and more.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to do the same, and to strive to find ways they can incorporate more sustainable practices into their daily routines.

Earth Hour began in 2007 as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people on all seven continents switching off their lights.

For more information, or to commit your organization to participate, CLICK HERE.