Earth Hour

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Earth Hour 2019: Saturday, March 30​ 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 2019 the Earth Hour campaign will mark its 13​th 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 30​​ at 8:30 p.m. the City of Virginia Beach will participate  for a sixth​ time in this global initiative by turning off all non-essential lights for one hour. See ​Mayor's 2018 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. 


2018 Participants

  1. ​Armada Hoffler Tower in Town Center
  2. Atrium Resort
  3. Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (Event being held at First Landing State Park)
    1. Campfire/s'mores, crafts, games, a short night hike/owl calling, and possibly live acoustic band.​
  4. BCF (BCF Agency)
  5. Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel
  6. Boardwalk Resort & Villas
  7. City Seal at Mt. Trashmore
  8. Clark Nexsen Tower in Town Center
  9. Crocs 19th St. Bistro
  10. Global Technical Systems (GTS)
  11. Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa
  12. Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
  13. Oceanaire Resort
  14. Ocean Beach Club
  15. Ocean Key Resort
  16. Ocean Sands Resort
  17. Old Dominion University – Virginia Beach Campus
  18. Operation Smile
  19. Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park
  20. Sandler Center for the Performing Art 
  21. Stihl Corporation
  22. Tidewater Community College – Virginia Beach Campus
  23. Turtle Cay Resort​
  24. Virginia Beach Convention Center
  25. Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Hotel
  26. Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront​
  27. YMCA at Town Center

The VSA Resorts listed above have done the following: 
  • ​Wine & cheese for our guests from 8:30-9:30pm
  • Lobbies to be illuminated with candles when the lights are turned out.
  • Guest will be given glow sticks, glow bracelets, and glow glasses. Full on Glow Party!!
  • Possibly will  have an acoustic guitarist at each property

 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 24​ at 8:30 p.m. for an hour.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Mark Podolinsky at

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