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Board OKs Earth Hour, Uniquely

The Earth Hour logo.

The Earth Hour logo.

SANATOGA PA – Earth Hour, the event later this month that calls for individuals and communities across the globe to turn off lights for 60 minutes, is being endorsed by Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township … with a time-shifting twist.

The township Board of Commissioners agreed Monday (March 2, 2009) to support the Earth Hour effort of the World Wildlife Fund, and encourage Lower Pottsgrove residents to turn off as many lights as possible on March 28 (2009; Saturday) for a full hour between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. The event, which began in Australia in 2007, intends to make a statement about the need for energy conservation and worldwide climate change.


Each commissioner in attendance at the board’s meeting – Bruce Foltz, Stephen Klotz, James Phillips and Anthony Doyle (Jonathan Spadt was absent) – pledged to personally participate in the event in their own homes.

At the urging of township Assistant Manager Alyson Elliott, board members also considered how the municipality itself might participate. They worried, though, about potential hazards to citizens and drivers that might be posed by turning off all lights under the township’s control.

That’s when Klotz proposed to shift time.

Why not, he suggested, turn off as many lights as possible in the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., on the afternoon of March 27 (2009; Friday) from 3-4 p.m., an hour before the offices close? It may be only a symbolic gesture, Klotz noted, but at least it united the township in spirit with the concept and limited risks to people.

Good idea, fellow board members agreed. Elliott and township Manager Rodney Hawthorne volunteered to put the plan into action.

The Earth Hour goal is to have 1 billion people participate and signal support for action to address global warming. It’s also an opportunity to encourage home and business owners to reduce their carbon footprints and conserve energy, proponents say.

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