Fairfax County Joins Earth Hour Observance March 28

March 23, 2009
OPA 072/09

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  • Earth Hour 2009 is March 28 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Grassroots effort calls attention to issues of climate change and energy conservation.

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Fairfax County will join with governments worldwide on March 28 for Earth Hour 2009 and shut off non-essential visible lighting outside public buildings from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fairfax County residents also are encouraged to participate by turning off non-essential lights at home for one hour.

“Fairfax County has long been committed to responsible, progressive environmental stewardship,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “Earth Hour 2009 not only highlights the importance of addressing climate change, but also emphasizes that simple changes in habit, such as turning off lights when leaving a room, can lead to significant reductions in carbon emissions.”

Fairfax County is one of the leaders of the national Cool Counties initiative, which was launched in July 2008 in partnership with the Sierra Club, to reduce local government emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The board has implemented many projects and programs to address air quality and global climate change. Further information on the Cool Counties initiative can be found online

Earth Hour 2009, organized by the World Wildlife Fund, will cascade around the globe as people shut off non-essential lighting visible from outside at 8:30 p.m. in every time zone.


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