The Three E’s of Spring: Energy, Environment and Earth Hour 2013

While it may not feel like it in Chicago just yet, spring has officially arrived. And with spring comes (hopefully) warmer weather as well as several city- and worldwide events celebrating environmental awareness, the first of which is Earth Hour 2013 taking place this Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Earth Hour logo, the 60+ refers to the minutes dedicated to climate change awareness

Earth Hour logo, the 60+ refers to the minutes dedicated to climate change awareness globally this day

For those not familiar, Earth Hour is a worldwide annual event where residences and businesses turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. And while we know many of our member buildings already adhere to energy efficient lighting plans all year-round, BOMA/Chicago encourages all Chicago commercial real estate buildings to consider participating in this important event.

This upcoming event made it an ideal time for BOMA/Chicago to revisit its own building lighting standards. These year-round voluntary guidelines further reinforce BOMA/Chicago’s commitment to the City of Chicago’s environmental sustainability efforts.

Merchandise Mart participating in Earth Hour 2012

Merchandise Mart participating in Earth Hour 2012

While we encourage our building members to follow these standards, we wanted to also share with all of our Elevator Speech readers as well:

Mornings

  • Building program lights to turn on no earlier than 5:00 AM
  • Building program lights to turn off no later than 30 minutes before official sunrise. You can see annual sunrise schedule here

Evenings

  • Building program lights to turn on no earlier than 30 minutes after official sunset. You can see annual sunset schedule here
  • Building program lights to turn off no later than:
    • Midnight on Friday and Saturday during non-migrating bird season
    • 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday during migrating seasons
      • Spring: March 17 to June 7
      • Fall: August 20 to November 15
    • 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday year round

What energy saving measures are you implementing in your building or home in 2013? Please share in the comments.

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