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Queen's University

Earth Hour 2012

Saturday March 31, 2012, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm 

Help support our CLIMATE ACTION PLAN by participating in this year’s Earth Hour event.  For the first time we will also track the amount of GHG emissions associated with the energy savings during this hour.  Let’s see how your actions can impact the campus and mitigate emissions. 

Physical Plant Services will:

  • Turn off all non-essential heating systems
  • Turn off most non-essential lights. Exceptions include emergency lights, which are hard wired and for safety and security 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
  •  Monitor power consumption levels before, during and after Earth Hour

  Here’s what you can do at work: Light Swich Cover

  • Switch off lights when leaving a room
  • 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
  • Use power bars to eliminate phantom loads
  • Enable the energy saving functions on your computer equipment
  • Dress comfortably for the weather and adjust your layers before adjusting the thermostat

Here’s what you can do at home:

  • Lower the set point of your thermostat
  • Use low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Open curtains to allow for maximum sunlight in the winter and close the curtains to keep out the sunlight in the summer
  • Take advantage of energy incentives like the current saveONenergy program
  • Register your participation and get more ideas at the Earth Hour webpage
  • Celebrate Earth Hour in downtown Kingston at Springer Market Square for annual "Kingston Unplugged" wind and solar powered concert 

For more information on energy conservation at Queen’s, please visit


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