Lights Out is for the birds

Turning off lights at night in San Francisco’s multi-storied office buildings won’t just save energy, it will also help save The City’s feathered friends, according to one bird advocacy group.

Having too many lights on at night creates a “collision hazard for migratory birds,” according to an American Bird Conservancy report, which has been submitted to The City’s Environment Commission.

Today, the commission’s policy committee is holding a hearing on a proposal by the bird group that would have The City develop a voluntary Lights Out program beginning in August, when it would start urging building owners and managers to turn off lights from 11 p.m. until sunrise during migration seasons in the spring and fall.

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