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State Capitol Dome Lights To Go Dark During Earth Hour

SACRAMENTO – As a symbol of California’s commitment to the environment and combatting climate change, the Department of General Services (DGS), in cooperation with the California Legislature’s Joint Rules Committee, will turn off the State Capitol dome lights for one hour this Saturday, March 25 to observe Earth Hour. Lights on the dome will go dark from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

The State Capitol will join other iconic buildings and landmarks around the world that will switch off their lights as people from all walks of life spend an hour in the dark in celebration of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

For business and security reasons other exterior and interior office lighting at the Capitol building will remain on.

The State Capitol’s contribution to Earth Hour is part of a wider effort by state government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grid-based energy purchases. Since 2010, the state has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions at state-owned facilities by 49.9 percent.

About Earth Hour

Born in Sydney in 2007 as a single-city event, Earth Hour is now celebrated across all continents. In the past decade, as global climate efforts gained momentum, Earth Hour is a global grassroots movement encouraging individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the environment, and celebrating their commitment to the planet by switching off their lights for one designated hour. Earth Hour 2017 will take place on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m For more information visit: www.earthhour.org

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Division of the State Architect

The Division of the State Architect provides design and construction oversight for state-owned facilities and public schools.

Facilities Management Division

The Facilities Management Division provides building management and administration, operations, maintenance, and repair services to support the state's real estate assets.

Office of Administrative Hearings

The Office of Administrative Hearings hears administrative disputes for state, local and county agencies, including special education due process hearings and mediations for school districts and parents of children with special education needs.
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Office of Fleet and Asset Management

The Office of Fleet and Asset Management oversees the state’s vehicle fleet, rental cars, parking facilities and surplus auctions.

Office of Public School Construction

The Office of Public School Construction facilitates the processing of School Facility Program construction applications to make voter-approved state bond matching funds available to qualifying school districts. The office implements and administers the $35 billion voter-approved program.

Office of State Publishing

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Procurement Division

The Procurement Division oversees policies and procedures used by all state agencies in their purchasing and contracting activities. It develops innovative procurement solutions including statewide contracts, purchasing portals, and end-user training enabling state agencies to acquire the goods and services needed to serve the people of California.

Real Estate Services Division

The Real Estate Services Division is a full-service real estate organization. Its highest priority is to provide the highest level of customer service in fulfilling state agencies’ facility and real property needs.

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Ziggurat Building Photography

Guidelines

The DGS Office of Public Affairs is responsible for considering requests by professional photographers/videographers who desire access to the Ziggurat building’s 8th floor, northeast balcony in West Sacramento. DGS requires that a photographer is either on assignment from a bona fide news media outlet, or if not a photojournalist, that the photographer maintains a commercial website and/or provides verifiable references. 

Time frames: Photo shoots are limited to 30 minutes during business hours from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, as our schedule and the meeting room adjacent to the balcony in question allow. DGS public affairs staff will escort photographers into and out of the building and will stay with them throughout the shoot. For photography shoots after business hours, some photographers have chosen to set-up their equipment on the balcony for time-lapse shooting prior to 4:30 p.m. on a business day, they then retrieve their equipment on the next business day. DGS assumes no responsibility for any equipment left unattended in the building. Contact our office at least five working days prior to the proposed day and time of the photography shoot.  Contact: dgspublicaffairs@dgs.ca.gov.

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