Queen's University

Campus celebrates Earth Hour


Queen’s Observatory is opening its doors for a special night of sky viewing as part of Earth Hour celebrations on campus. Earth Hour Among the Stars takes place Saturday, March 27, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Observatory in Ellis Hall.

“What better way to help Queen’s students and the Kingston community learn more about Earth Hour than by showcasing the natural light of the night time sky?” says Llynwen Osborne, Information Coordinator with Queen’s Sustainability Office.

A slide show presentation will be held in Ellis Auditorium from 7:30 until 8 pm, followed by viewing through the large telescope on the 4th floor, Ellis Hall, and two smaller telescopes, which will be set up on University Avenue.

From 8:30 – 9:30 pm (the official “Earth Hour”), Queen’s will reduce energy consumption by turning off all non-essential heating systems and most non-essential lights. Power consumption levels will be monitored before, during and after Earth Hour. Lighting in Ellis Hall will be reduced while maintaining levels for safety.

Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007 and has become the largest global climate change initiative. Last year, more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries showed their support by switching off. The initiative is organized by World Wildlife Fund.

Last year, Queen’s main trans- former measured a 3.2 per cent drop in campus power levels during Earth Hour. The City of Kingston reported a 14 per cent drop in demand for electricity – more than double the provincial average.

For more activity ideas or information about Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.

Please note that while Ellis Hall is accessible to persons with mobility disabilities, the Queen’s Observatory on the 4th floor is not. For specific accessibility requirements and for information on sustainability initiatives at Queen’s, please contact the Sustainability office at 613-533-3396, or visit www.queensu.ca/sustainability/index/html

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