Chicagoans will join millions around the world in turning off their lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. Last year, more than 80 million people in 300 U.S. cities, and nearly a billion people around the world participated in Earth Hour.
Did you know?
Chicago Public Schools spends $87,000,000 on energy every year. If schools reduce energy use by just 10 percent, using no-cost measures like turning off lights and adjusting the heating and cooling temperatures, the District could save $8.7 million a year, and reduce the amount of CO2 and green house gases in Chicago.
Chicago Public Schools are participating in Earth Hour. In many Chicago public schools:
- Building engineers will turn out all school lights and equipment before or on the weekend of March 27.
- Computers will be logged off or turned off before the weekend.
- Principals will include Earth Hour in the announcements during the week before Earth Hour.
- Teachers will teach students about climate change.
You can also participate:
- Register your school or organization.
- Turn off your lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 27.
- Replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Commit to reducing your energy consumption in the year ahead.
Learn more about Earth Hour and our Environmental Action Plan.
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