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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R. 31

House resolution urging the department of buildings and general services to switch off the state house illumination lighting during the worldwide Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29, 2008

Offered by:  Representatives Anderson of Montpelier, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, Nease of Johnson, O'Donnell of Vernon, Smith of Morristown and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, the world’s nighttime lighting requires massive amounts of electrical generation, and electrical generation in many of its forms is dependent on the burning of fossil fuels, and

Whereas, in 2007, the World Wildlife Fund organized an unusual one-hour global warming awareness event in Sydney Australia during which, from 8 to 9 p.m., 2,000 businesses turned off their lights, making an extremely visible statement on energy conservation, and

Whereas, the success in alerting the residents of Sydney to the importance of conserving electricity as a way to have a positive impact on global warming has prompted the World Wildlife Fund to expand Earth Hour into an international event, and

Whereas, on Saturday evening, March 29, 2008, between the hours of 8 and 9 p.m. local time, significant segments of the center city lighting systems in communities throughout the world, including the U.S. municipalities of Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto will turn off, and

Whereas, a primary objective of Earth Hour is to suspend the illumination of highly visible landmarks and among these will be the roofs of the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Bank of America Tower in Atlanta, and both the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls, and

Whereas, many smaller communities are also participating in this symbolically important environmental and energy awareness exercise, and

Whereas, in Montpelier, Vermont’s capital, there is no question that the state house is by far the most symbolic structure located within the municipality’s boundaries, and

Whereas, a powerful set of floodlights brightly illuminates the state house every night, and turning these lights off during Earth Hour would serve as a bold statement of support without impacting public safety or any essential public services, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this legislative body requests the commissioner of buildings and general services to turn off the floodlight illumination of the state house between 8 and 9 p.m. on Saturday evening, March 29, 2008 in observance of Earth Hour, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Commissioner of Buildings and General Services Gerry Myers in Montpelier.



____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont