Earth Hour

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Earth Hour 2017: Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Girl with candle

What is Earth H​​our?

Earth Hour is a unique opportunity for you to become more sustainable and do something positive for the environment:
  • ​It’s been the source of inspiration for millions of people taking steps toward a cleaner, safer future.
  • It’s not just about saving energy for one hour; it’s about going beyond the hour with lasting, behavior-​changing actions for a sustainable planet. 
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 ​ ​When was the Earth Hour established?

In 2017 the Earth Hour campaign will mark its 11th consecutive year. More than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour in the first Earth Hour event, which was held on March 31 2007, in Sydney, Australia. 

Join us at Earth Hour and be a part of a global community that is taking action toward a more sustainable fut​ure. A simple idea to switch off your lights for an hour has become the world's fastest growing environmental movement.
Together we can inspire change, big or small, to change the world we live in. ​

Virginia Beach Involvement​

On Saturday, March 25​ at 8:30 p.m. the City of Virginia Beach will participate  for a fourth time in this global initiative by turning off all non-essential lights for one hour. See ​Mayor's 2017 proclamation here​​. ​

Through this symbolic action, the City strives to encourage residents and businesses to turn off their lights, and to find ways in which they can become more sustainable. 



  1. Armada Hoffler Tower at Town Center
  2. Atrium Resort
  3. Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Brock Environmental Center
  4. ​Croc's 19th Street Bistro
  5. Green lead and Pebble Tea Spa
  6. Liberty Engineering, P.C.
  7. Ocean Key Resort
  8. Ocean Lakes Community Association, Inc.
  9. Ocean Sands Resort
  10. ODU Virginia Beach Campus
  11. Operation Smile​
  12. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
  13. Sheraton – Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  14. STIHL, Inc
  15. TCC – Virginia Beach Campus
  16. Town Center Fountain ​
  17. Virginia Beach Convention Center
  18. Virginia Beach Hotel Association
  19. Virginia Natural Gas
  20. VSA Resorts
  21. City Seal - Mt. Trashmore Park 
  22. Public Art - Princess Anne Gateway Park​

 How to Participate

There are lots of ways you can take action for Earth Hour. The City is encouraging residents and businesses to turn off their lights on March 25​ at 8:30 p.m. for an hour.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Mark Podolinsky at

Illustrating Earth Hour"s story