Earth Hour

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Earth Hour 2016: Saturday, March 19 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

What is Earth Hour?

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 2016 the Earth Hour campaign will mark its 10th 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 19 at 8:30 p.m. the City of Virginia Beach will participate  for a third time in this global initiative by turning off all non-essential lights for one hour. See ​Mayor's 2016 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. 


In 2016​, some of the most recognizable buildings in Virginia Beach turned off their lights for an hour:

  1. ​Armada Hoffler Tower
  2. Brock Environmental Center 
  3. Catch 31
  4. City of Virginia Beach Municipal Center
  5. City Seal – Mt. Trashmore
  6. Clark Nexsen Tower
  7. Croc's 19th Street Bistro
  8. Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa
  9. Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  10. Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  11. Lager Heads
  12. Liberty Engineering, PC
  13. Mahi Mahs
  14. Ocean Key Resort
  15. Ocean Sands Resort
  16. ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center
  17. Operation Smile
  18. Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park – Light Garden Structure
  19. Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  20. Salacia
  21. Sandler Center for Performing Arts
  22. The Atrium Resort
  23. Tidewater Community College – Virginia Beach Campus
  24. Tradewinds Restaurant
  25. ViBe Creative District
  26. Virginia Beach Adventure Park – Green Glow Night Event
  27. Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  28. Virginia Beach Convention Center
  29. Virginia Beach Hotel Association
  30. Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center  
  31. Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
  32. Virginia Natural Gas

 ​ 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 19 at 8:30 p.m. for an hour.

​​​​​​​​​​For questions regarding this event, please contact Mark Podolinsky at​

Earth Hour 2015 Official Video