Councillor Katy Ives and I sponsored a resolution a few weeks ago which was approved by the Council. Earth Hour is being promoted locally by the City, Eco Collaborative, NHS Environmental Club, and Energy Advisory Committee.
The resolution is below and you can find more information at http://www.earthhour.org
Mark your calendars, turn off the lights and go look at the stars.
WHEREAS, Earth Hour is both an international and local symbolic event organized by World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change, energy efficiency and natural resource conservation, and
WHEREAS, Earth Hour asks all citizens, businesses, non-commercial establishments and government agencies to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour beginning at 8:30 pm on March 28, 2009 and aims to encourage citizens and businesses to commit to actions they can take in the coming year to conserve energy; and,
WHEREAS, there is an active Energy Advisory Committee in the City of Newburyport working to further the aforementioned mission by studying, evaluating and making recommendations to the Mayor regarding energy conservation, energy efficiency and conversion to greener energy sources,
NOW, THEREFORE, the Newburyport City Council encourages all non-essential lighting in city buildings and public landmarks to be turned off from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM on March 28, 2009 in order to conserve energy and raise awareness about global climate change.