News Release - Mayor Warren Joins ‘Daylight Hour’ to Save Energy, Spotlight Energy Use

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, June 16, 2016) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that Rochester City Hall and other City facilities will join a global movement to combat climate change and raise awareness on human impact on the environment by participating in the Daylight Hour, a project of the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx).

“The need to address and combat climate change is growing more urgent by the day,” said Mayor Warren. “By demonstrating how we can take actionable and measurable steps toward preserving our environment, we are also actively paving the way toward a healthier, more vibrant and sustainable city for all. Our efforts to create a more sustainable Rochester contribute toward our goal of creating more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational outcomes in our school.”

On June 17, 2016, at noon, several offices in Rochester City Hall will join offices around the world by turning off lights in day-lit spaces to promote the use of natural daylight in lieu of electric lighting. Participating cities include New York and Yonkers in New York State and Baltimore, Houston and Los Angeles across the US. Last year, 300 offices in more than a dozen countries participated in the Daylight Hour and saved enough energy in one hour to power 5,000 homes for a day.

The City of Rochester’s participation in the Daylight Hour campaign aligns with its climate change and energy security goals, including the City’s Office of Energy and Sustainability’s on-going efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development of the community-wide Climate Action Plan and the ongoing implementation efforts of the Rochester Energy Plan under the New York Power Authority’s Five Cities Energy Plan.
City residents and business owners are also encouraged to participate in Daylight Hour and post pictures using #RocDaylightHour and tag the City of Rochester on Facebook and Twitter @CityRochesterNY.

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