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City of Reno to participate in Earth Hour 2019 switch-off

Post Date:03/29/2019 1:17 PM

The City of Reno will participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. To demonstrate its commitment to the planet, the City will turn off power to the following for one hour starting at approximately 8:30 p.m.:

  • The iconic Reno Arch on Virginia Street
  • The Space Whale art sculpture on City Plaza
  • The Reno City Hall roof signs, including the normally lit “RENO”

In addition, all non-essential lights at City Hall will be off during Earth Hour, as they normally are on any given evening. In order to avoid wasting electricity, offices are on a motion-sensor system, ensuring lights go off in offices automatically if they are not in use.

The City of Reno’s Earth Hour participation is in addition to other recent energy-efficiency measures that are being taken.

In 2018, the City of Reno worked with NV Energy’s incentive program on changing the lights at City Hall and the Corp Yard from fluorescent to LEDs. Because these projects are so recent the savings are still being calculated, but expected to be significant. The City is also working on a retrocommissioning project at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, select fire stations and the Northwest Pool.

City officials are encouraging other local businesses and entities to join the cause.

Visit our Sustainability web pages for more information.