University aims for greenhouse gas reduction during Earth Hour
Queen’s participation in Earth Hour this Saturday presents a chance for members of the campus community to become involved in the development of the Climate Action Plan (CAP).
“By participating in Earth Hour people will show how collective action can impact the campus and reduce our carbon footprint,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager.
During Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, Physical Plant Services will turn off non-essential heating systems and lights. Students on campus are encouraged to turn off their lights for the hour and unplug their electronic devices. PPS will monitor the energy consumption and determine the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with the savings.
The addition of measuring greenhouse gas emissions during this year’s Earth Hour reflects a broader effort to craft the university’s CAP. The plan will outline the objectives, methods, and assessments for reducing emissions on campus in order to meet the commitments stated in the University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada. Information collected during Earth Hour will help inform the energy-reduction initiatives and goals in the CAP.
The Sustainability Office has posted resources for people looking to reduce their energy consumption on and off campus during Earth Hour. Queen’s goes beyond Earth Hour by having practices in place that reduce energy demand by about 17 per cent on weekends.