The City of Boston, Mass Audubon and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Boston are pleased to continue their participation in Lights Out Boston for Spring 2013. Under this voluntary award-wining program, participating building owners and managers have agreed to turn off or dim all architectural and internal lighting between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during the spring migratory bird season which begins March 1, 2013 and ends June 1, 2013. Buildings committed to this program will save money, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and protect wildlife.
Mass Audubon
Building Owners and Managers Association of Boston

Reduce Energy Use and Greenhouse Emissions

In accordance with the Mayor’s Climate Action agenda, Lights Out Boston can reduce the amount of electricity that a building uses for lighting - and the associated electricity costs - by up to 25%. It also reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, associated with the production of electricity. The increase of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere is the primary cause of climate change.
Climate Action: Executive Order and Report

Concern for Migrating Birds

Migrating birds have difficulty adapting to an urban environment. When a city skyline - especially buildings over 20 stories - is brightly lit at night, the lights can confuse the birds. Scientists are unsure of the exact reason for this problem, but do know that birds can fly as low as 500 feet during inclement weather and skyscrapers are the most visible part of the city to migrating birds.
More Information about Migrating Birds from Mass Audubon


Lights Out Boston is indebted to the support offered by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Boston (BOMA Boston). BOMA Boston has close to 600 members who own, operate or manage 150 million square feet of real estate in the Greater Boston area.
Building Owners and Managers Association of Boston

Boston Skyline by Brendan Stewart

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Lights Out Boston?
What can I do to help?
What are the possible electricity cost savings?
How does this reduce energy consumption and the risk of climate change?
What is the Mayor's Climate Agenda?
Why does Lights Out Boston target Boston's tallest skyscrapers and how will it help migrating birds?
How many birds are affected in Boston during the migration season?
Why aren't buildings already turning off their lights?
Is this program mandatory and how can buildings join?
What if building tenants want to work late into the night?