Sustainability Office - June 19, 2019
City employees are being asked to turn off non-critical electric lights in their offices during the noon hour on Friday as part of the city’s inaugural participation in the "Daylight Hour"campaign.
Daylight Hour is an annual social media campaign organized by the Building Energy Exchange to raise awareness about using natural daylight in lieu of electric lighting in offices. Launched in 2014, the campaign asks offices to turn off non-critical lights in day-lit spaces from noon until 1 p.m. on the Friday nearest the summer solstice.
Helen Peplowski, the city's sustainability manager, said the city is participating in order to raise awareness of using natural light in lieu of electric lights when practical. "This is one way to reduce energy use in buildings, which accounts for almost 40 percent of global energy consumption," Peplowski said. "As this is primarily a social media campaign, we will be posting to social media to bring attention to our efforts and encourage other businesses to participate as well."
The Building Energy Exchange is an advocacy group working to reduce the effects of climate change by improving the built environment. The exchange serves as a resource for the building industry to accelerate the transition to healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings. For more information visit DaylightHour.org.