Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and Sustainability Commission Chairman Tom Anderson encourage families, individuals and businesses to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund, is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. Since 2007, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across the globe.
The annual Earth Hour event encourages residents and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour to reduce energy consumption, bring awareness to sustainable energy activities, and remind everyone that the world’s resources should be used sustainably. Everyone can participate by turning off interior lights and powering down or unplugging any unnecessary electronic equipment during the designated hour.
“Frederick County is committed to reducing its nonrenewable energy consumption, lowering emissions from energy and saving money in the process,” said Executive Gardner. “The county is recognized as one of Maryland’s Smart Energy Communities and continues its commitment to retrofit buildings with energy efficient lighting and heating and cooling systems. I encourage our residents and businesses to practice energy conservation as well. Everyone can learn about energy saving actions to take at home through the county’s interactive Green Homes Challenge.”