U of G to Turn Off Lights for 'Earth Hour'

March 25, 2010 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph will shut off many of its lights on the Earth Hour weekend March 26 to 28.

Earth Hour is an international energy-conservation initiative, organized by the World Wildlife Fund, that encourages people to turn off lights for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m. to support action on climate change.

The University will shut off a number of lights on campus, including all athletic gyms, both pools and one arena, and will partner with Relay for Life to reduce lighting levels.

Hospitality Services will reduce lighting in residence cafeterias, at Gryphs and at the Daily Grind.

"The University of Guelph has a long-standing commitment to reducing our energy impact," said Gillian Maurice, U of G's sustainability co-ordinator. "Earth Hour is just one of the many initiatives on campus that can help people change their habits over the long term."

Although it's just one hour, the impact of turning off the lights during Earth Hour will be far-reaching, said Maurice.
"It's a movement that has shown how much good can happen when millions of people unite in a common purpose."

Members of the University community are being encouraged to turn off lights in common areas and washrooms when they leave campus on Friday. Individuals can register their pledge at www.EarthHourCanada.org.

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