Cook County will turn off its non-essential lights March 24 to commemorate Earth Hour and call attention to climate change.

The Cook County Department of Facilities Management will save energy – and send a message about the role all of us can play in cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions – by turning off lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at several of its facilities.

Want to do more to reduce your carbon footprint? You can start by calculating your own carbon footprint and participating in Earth Hour in your home. Saturday evening seems is a great time to play a board game lit by a battery-operated LED candle or participate in an evening bird walk in the Forest Preserves of Cook County(#birdthepreserve). The World Wildlife Fund has suggestions for easy changes to make in your energy use, water use, food choices, and cooking to make your lifestyle greener

Cook County is also a resource. For information on smart energy use, including free energy efficiency programs for your home, visit our website.