Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lights Out: Earth Hour March 23rd

On Saturday, March 23rd at 8:30 p.m., thousands of cities around the world will go dark for one hour during Earth Hour, WWF's annual campaign that raises awareness on environmental challenges we all face, such as climate change.

Many residents of Knoxville are turning out lights and urging our community to take part in Earth Hour. Here's how:

1. Turn off all non-essential lights in and around our government buildings
2. Promote the event and encourage landmarks and businesses in our community to join in

The City of Knoxville has participated for the last 3 years and is already an Earth Hour City Challenger.

The Earth Hour City Challenge provides a software into which the Sustainability Office is uploading City of Knoxville energy consumption data in order to better organize and understand the City's energy consumption by commodity (gas, electric, water) and subsequent CO2 emissions.

With the assistance of the EHCC-provided software and a software called Utility Trac Plus, we are compiling a comprehensive data set to update our energy inventory baseline and identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.

To best accomdate emergency services operated by the City, lights out in the City County Building will be at 7:00 PM, March 23rd, instead of 8:30 PM.

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