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Posted on: March 26, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Earth Hour: Turn Off Your Lights to Celebrate

You're invited to celebrate Earth Hour by turning off your lights at 8:30 p.m. March 28, 2015, for one hour.

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement that has inspired millions to take action for our planet by using #YourPower to change climate change.

The City of Issaquah recognizes that climate change is one of the biggest environmental challenges, so we have adopted targets to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020, 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050, with a base year of 2007.

Last fall, we released our 2014 Sustainable City Report, which measures our community’s progress toward long-term sustainability goals. Several of the indicators reflect how we're doing on environmental indicators:

• At the end of 2014, Issaquah had 1,363 customers enrolled in Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program.

• Communitywide, total energy use decreased by 7.5 percent from 2012 to 2013.

• Almost 17 percent of Issaquah’s housing stock is certified Built Green, meaning these homes use less energy and natural resources.

Help do your part to conserve energy by participating in Earth Hour 2015!

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