Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear announce that the Capitol campus will go dark this Saturday in support of “Earth Hour,” an international environmental campaign sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, according to a news release from the governor's office.
2013 marks the fifth consecutive year of Kentucky’s participation in Earth Hour. While international in scope, Earth Hour also represents grassroots recognition that everyone can contribute to the betterment of our environment, the release said.
“We’re happy to show our support of the environment by participating,” said Beshear. “I am committed to environmental stewardship and have implemented many progressive energy saving initiatives in state government. This includes a project in which dozens of state buildings are continuously monitored for energy usage, realizing millions in energy cost savings.”
On Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. EDT, nonessential lights on the state Capitol campus, including the Capitol dome and the spotlights that illuminate the exterior Capitol walls, the Capitol Annex and the Governor’s Mansion, will go dark.
A priority of the Beshear administration has been reducing energy use in government buildings, which is a critical element of “Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future,” according to the release.
Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since then Earth Hour has expanded to more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories, with hundreds of millions of participants across seven continents.
For more information about Earth Hour 2013, go to www.earthhour.org.