UNSW Supports Earth Hour

16 March 2016

Earth Hour is a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative that encourages households, businesses and institutions around the world to switch off their lights for one hour to make a united statement against the effects of climate change. UNSW has been participating in Earth Hour since 2008 and is proud to be part of this event again in 2016.

What you can do

To support UNSW's participation in Earth Hour, on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 8.30pm-9.30pm, staff and students should do the following on the Friday before Earth Hour:

-        turn off all non-essential lighting and electrical appliances

-        switch off PCs, monitors and printers

-        shut down any non-essential research equipment that is not in use before 8.30pm on Saturday.

Please note that workspaces across the University may be dark for several hours on Saturday night, as the lighting systems will take time to switch back on.

Fridges will be exempt. For safety reasons, all essential emergency lighting will be activated during Earth Hour.

Sustainability at UNSW

The Earth Hour movement is also committed to inspiring individuals and organisations to take action beyond the one hour of ‘lights off’. UNSW has invested many resources into reducing its carbon footprint and has committed to a $98 million plan to cut energy, water use and greenhouse gas emissions. 

UNSW is working to make water and energy savings across our campuses.

We also offer a suite of sustainability-themed courses and sustainable research projects and we are working to embed sustainability into our building design, infrastructure, operations, procurement policies and work environments.