Daylight Hour promotes saving energy, educating offices

Daylight Hour promotes saving energy, educating offices

Graphic courtesy of USGBC

Several hundred organizations worldwide plan to participate and support the 2016 Daylight Hour, an annual social media campaign organized by the Building Energy Exchange. On June 17 from noon to 1 p.m., offices around the world, including the U.S. Green Building Council, will join together in raising awareness about the use of natural daylight in lieu of electrical lighting. 

Last year, more than 300 organizations dedicated an hour to turn off the lights in daylit spaces, saving money and demonstrating their commitment to the environment, according to the USGBC.

Through displaying their participation on social media, those groups reached more than 6 million people in 14 countries, the Building Energy Exchange said. They also saved enough energy to power 15 New York households for a year. 

Daylight Hour seeks to raise awareness about a simple way to be more sustainable at work—turning off unnecessary lighting. By using natural light when possible, particularly in the afternoon, offices can save money and energy, as well as promote occupant well-being and increase productivity.

Daylight Hour helps to engage employees, promote sustainable practices and applaud others on a global network. 

Topics: Building Owners and Managers, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Daylighting / Skylights / Natural Lighting, Great Commercial Buildings, Interiors, Office Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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