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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Announces Municipal Buildings to Participate in Daylight Hour on Friday, June 17Th

Post Date:05/19/2016 1:44 PM

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YONKERS, NY – May 19, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers will be joining a global initiative to combat climate change by partnering in Daylight Hour – a project of Building Energy Exchange.  At noon on June 17, 2016, Yonkers city buildings will join other offices all over the world and turn off the lights in day-lit spaces for one hour to raise awareness about the role daylight can play in lighting our offices and reducing our environmental footprint. 

“Standing up to climate change has always been a cause I’ve been passionate about and I’m proud that collectively as a city, we will have a chance to do our part to help this global initiative,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “Climate change is real and ‘Daylight Hour’ is an opportunity to appreciate how much energy and how much harm our society can potentially generate in one day.  As a city, we look forward to continuing our efforts to make Yonkers a greener, more sustainable place for today and future generations.”

To demonstrate the availability of daylight, Building Energy Exchange has organized the Daylight Hour - a single hour when offices all over the world turn off the lights in day-lit spaces.  Yonkers will join a growing list of city partners that include Manhattan and Rochester within New York State; as well as participating cities throughout the country in Baltimore, Houston and Los Angeles.

Most offices have their lights on when they are not needed. Spaces near exterior walls often receive enough daylight to work by, but most often we leave the lights on anyway. This is a critical issue because the times when daylight is most available (workday afternoons) coincides with peak demand- the time when our business districts are demanding the most energy from the grid.  This peak energy is the most expensive energy, and typically the dirtiest and most harmful to the global climate.  One study, Let There Be Daylight, found that owners and tenants in New York City alone could save $70 million every year by introducing daylight responsive lighting systems. 

Through participation, any small business or company can help educate their community and demonstrate its commitment to the effects of climate change. 

Residents are encouraged to participate in Daylight Hour and post pictures using #yonkersdaylighthour and tag the City of Yonkers on Facebook, Twitter @CityofYonkers and Instagram @MayorMikeSpano. For more information, view Mayor Spano’sPublic Service Announcement  and visit DaylightHour.org

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