City of Virginia Beach Asks Residents and Businesses to Turn off Non-Essential Lights for One Hour on Saturday, March 28

Monday, March 23, 2015

The City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and numerous local organizations will join millions worldwide in switching off the lights in homes and businesses for one hour — Earth Hour — from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Earth Hour is a “lights off” event symbolizing easy steps everyone can take to benefit the planet.  The simple act of switching off lights for an hour is a fast-growing, worldwide environmental movement, and Virginia Beach is asking you to join city facilities and VBCPS, as well as 162 countries and territories around the globe in turning off your lights.  

In the lead up to Earth Hour 2015, the city has been examining ways it can operate more efficiently, waste less and reduce its ecological footprint. This is Virginia Beach’s second year participating and on March 3, Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr. signed a proclamation officially establishing March 28, 2015, as Earth Hour in Virginia Beach. 

City landmarks, including the city seal at Mount Trashmore, the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the fountain at Town Center plaza and many others will all go dark. They will be joined by global icons including the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Buckingham Palace, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House and more. Residents and businesses are encouraged to do the same and strive to find ways they can incorporate more sustainable practices into their daily routines.

Earth Hour began in 2007 as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people on all seven continents switching off their lights. 

For more information, or to commit your organization to participate, visit  Virginia Beach’s Earth Hour page and complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Numerous businesses and organizations throughout the city are already onboard including:


Operation Smile

Armada Hoffler

Westin Tower

Clark Nexsen Tower

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Virginia Aquarium

Brock Environmental Center 

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Tidewater Community College — Virginia Beach Campus

NSU/ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

Virginia Natural Gas Corporate Office

Croc's 19th Street Bistro

Ocean Sands Resort

The Atrium Resort

The Ocean Key Resort

VSA Resorts