Queen's will mark Earth Hour in an exciting and celestial way this year. Earth Hour Among the Stars will take place on Saturday, March 27, from 7:30 - 9:30 at the Queen's Observatory in Ellis Hall.
To create awareness among Queen's students and the Kingston community about Earth Hour and to get a sense of Earth's place in the universe, the Queen's Observatory will open its doors for a special night of sky viewing. A slide show presentation will be held in Ellis Auditorium from 7:30 until 8:00, 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, Queen's will reduce energy consumption by turning off all non-essential heating systems and most non-essential lights, and monitoring power consumption levels before, during and after Earth Hour. Lighting in Ellis Hall will be reduced only slightly.
Last year, the University's main transformer measured a 3.2% drop in campus power levels during Earth Hour. The City of Kingston reported a 14% drop in demand for electricity -
more than double the provincial average of 6%.