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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

LightsOut Ohio

LightsOut Ohio, organized by Sierra Club's Portage Trail Group, is seeking out workplaces, schools and churches pledging to switch off non-essential lights for at least one hour on Earth Day, April 22, as a simple step toward making energy saving choices every day. The 2nd annual one-day energy conservation event, formally known as LightsOut Akron, is expanding the geographic scope of its name to broaden outreach and generate more awareness.

"Now the event encourages energy conservation for all of Summit County and beyond, not just those within the Akron city limits," said Rich Fein, founder of LightsOut Ohio. "As a result of the name change, we are drawing more interest from neighboring suburbs and regional communities throughout Ohio."

This year's event focuses more on reaching into workplaces and schools to conserve energy during the day, by asking them to depend on natural lighting for at least one hour of daylight operation. Like last year, residents are encouraged to turn off nonessential lighting from 8-9pm. LightsOut Ohio has also initiated discussions with several churches in the Akron area to turn off non-essential lights for services the Sunday before Earth Day.

Energy conservation programs in schools and workplaces are not only ecofriendly with the opportunity for a habit changing 'trickle-down' effect, there are economic benefits as well. Saving energy saves money, and to support this adage, LightsOut Ohio is making available lesson plans for schools and energy conservation tips for businesses and homes.

The LightsOut Ohio web site (http://www.LightsOutOhio.org) has special registration forms for workplaces, schools, places of worship and individuals. Those who register will receive environmental tip sheets, assistance in implementing the event within an organization and reminders to turn off lights on Earth Day.

LightOut Ohio is encouraging businesses and schools to share their plans for Earth Day and for LightsOut specifically by contacting Donny Davis at ddavis@lightsoutohio or 330-807-3046. More information regarding LightsOut Ohio is available at www.lightsoutohio.org. Workplaces who register and participate will receive a complimentary certificate suitable for framing.

LightsOut Ohio, organized by Sierra Club's Portage Trail Group, is seeking out workplaces, schools and churches pledging to switch off non-essential lights for at least one hour on Earth Day, April 22, as a simple step toward making energy saving choices every day. The 2nd annual one-day energy conservation event, formally known as LightsOut Akron, is expanding the geographic scope of its name to broaden outreach and generate more awareness. "Now the event encourages energy conservation for all of Summit County and beyond, not just those within the Akron city limits," said Rich Fein, founder of LightsOut Ohio. "As a result of the name change, we are drawing more interest from neighboring suburbs and regional communities throughout Ohio." This year's event focuses more on reaching into workplaces and schools to conserve energy during the day, by asking them to depend on natural lighting for at least one hour of daylight operation. Like last year, residents are encouraged to turn off nonessential lighting from 8-9pm. LightsOut Ohio has also initiated discussions with several churches in the Akron area to turn off non-essential lights for services the Sunday before Earth Day. Energy conservation programs in schools and workplaces are not only ecofriendly with the opportunity for a habit changing 'trickle-down' effect, there are economic benefits as well. Saving energy saves money, and to support this adage, LightsOut Ohio is making available lesson plans for schools and energy conservation tips for businesses and homes. The LightsOut Ohio web site (http://www.LightsOutOhio.org) has special registration forms for workplaces, schools, places of worship and individuals. Those who register will receive environmental tip sheets, assistance in implementing the event within an organization and reminders to turn off lights on Earth Day. LightOut Ohio is encouraging businesses and schools to share their plans for Earth Day and for LightsOut specifically by contacting Donny Davis at ddavis@lightsoutohio or 330-807-3046. More information regarding LightsOut Ohio is available at www.lightsoutohio.org. Workplaces who register and participate will receive a complimentary certificate suitable for framing.

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