March 23, 2011
This Saturday March 26, between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM, Queen's will join millions of people, organizations, and institutions around the world celebrating Earth Hour, an international awareness campaign on climate change.
"Earth Hour can be a fun way to enjoy some different activities like the Kingston Unplugged Concert," says sustainability manager Aaron Ball. "However its true value is as a catalyst to encourage every day decisions to reduce environmental impact."
To mark Earth Hour, Queen's will:
Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to 'Go Beyond the Hour' in their daily activities. Here are some ways both on campus and at home that you can make a difference every day:
Queen's Physical Plant Services has integrated routine energy conservation measures into new buildings, systems and ongoing campus maintenance. Examples of energy efficient practices include lighting retrofits, building control systems, central heating plant efficiencies, heat recovery systems and building envelop upgrades.
Beyond Earh Hour, Queen's will continue to make energy conservation and climate change action a priority. The campus community is invited to share this responsibility by participating in Earth Hour and practicing daily conservation.