The Thornton Tomasetti Chicago office participated in Daylight Hour 2015, a single hour on June 19th when offices all over the world turn off the lights in day-lit spaces.
With the many health and environmental benefits that natural daylight provides, we are proud to take part in our third Daylight Hour, a global event and social media campaign to raise awareness for reducing electricity use in offices. The campaign, organized by the Building Energy Exchange, asks participants to turn off the lights in day-lit spaces for one hour the Friday before the summer solstice.
More than 20 of our locations around the world are hitting the switch from 12-1 p.m. when daylight is most abundant. This time also coincides with peak electricity use by business districts, making powering down that much more impactful. Having experienced how effortless it is to work without the aid of electric lighting, many of our offices are shutting the lights even before the designated hour and will keep them off well into the afternoon and perhaps even to other days throughout the year as some of our offices have done in the past.
As the first structural engineering firm to join the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) 2030 Commitment and as an adopter of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, which calls for all new buildings, developments, and major renovations to be carbon-neutral by 2030, Thornton Tomasetti is dedicated to being one of the most sustainable companies in our industry. You can read more about our efforts in our annual sustainability report, which was issued late last month.
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