Between 8:30 and 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 28, Queen's will join millions of people, organizations, and institutions around the world as they reduce or eliminate nonessential energy use turning off lights and other electronic devices. Started in Australia in 2007 as an awareness campaign to get citizens to recognize the value of energy conservation, Earth Hour has expanded into a global initiative.
In recognition of Earth Hour, Queen's will:
- Turn off all non-essential heating systems;
- Turn off most non-essential lights. Exceptions include emergency lights, which are hard wired for safety and security, and will not be turned off. A few buildings on campus that are open late or allow 24-hour access, including Stauffer Library and Goodes Hall, will also stay lit. Earth Hour is scheduled just before the end of term, when students are studying off-hours;
- Encourage student groups, particularly in residences, to participate and plan education activities on sustainability and climate change around this event;
- Monitor power consumption levels before, during and after Earth Hour.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Switch off lights (including task and desk lamps) when leaving a room. The last person out of a classroom or lecture theatre should turn out the lights.
- Switch off computers, monitors, printers, scanners, radios and other equipment when they're not in use, and before a meeting, lunch or end-of- day. Enable the "sleep" feature on computer equipment.
The campus community is invited to share this responsibility by participating in Earth Hour and practicing daily conservation.
For details on Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org
For more information on energy conservation or other sustainability issues at Queen's, visit www.queensu.ca/sustainability/index.html