University flick switches for Earth Hour…

Campuses throughout the University of Queensland, Australia will “switch on” to Earth Hour 2010 – by also switching off their lights!..

This year marks the third consecutive year of the universitie’ sparticipation in Earth Hour.

The university website says –

“Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm all non-essential lighting will be switched off at the St Lucia, Ipswich, Gatton and Herston campuses, as well as the Indooroopilly Mine, Customs House and the Moreton Bay Research Station.

Security measures will be taken to avoid disruption, and Head of Security Warren Collyer said the program’s benefits were two-fold:

The hope is that this program results in considerable savings in power, which will have both an environmental and cost benefit,” Mr Collyer said.

“The extra security presence on campus at night will also increase safety of UQ students and staff here after hours.”

University of Queensland’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield said UQ was enthusiastic about its campaign participation, which last year resulted in considerable energy savings. So, thankfully, it’s not much ado about nothing.

The program really works – with demonstrable and considerable savings in power:

“In 2009, UQ achieved a 6.5 percent energy reduction during Earth Hour, with an estimated total saving of 730 kilograms of carbon dioxide,” continuing. “I would encourage staff and students to take measures to reduce their carbon footprint, not just during Earth Hour, but as a matter of course. . Earth Hour is indicative of UQ’s ongoing commitment to energy conservation and greenhouse gas mitigation.”

Below: Click on the following link to the Universities’ website for its official media statement:

Source: http://www.uq.edu.au/news/index.html?article=20828

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~ by Teena Davidson on March 24, 2010.

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