Earth Hour – March 27th

Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world join in raising awareness of the issues facing our planet. The Carleton community is encouraged to switch off their devices and lights to show support for our planet during this hour.

Earth Hour aims to increase awareness and spark global conversations on protecting nature not only to combat the climate crisis but to ensure our own health and happiness. In 2021, this awareness and conversations are more important than ever. World leaders will come together during global conferences and forums to set the environmental agenda for the next decade and beyond.

Carleton University has signed a letter of support in response to the UN climate change COP26 conference and the global call to meet net-zero carbon emissions. The pledge demonstrates both the support and role that higher education can make towards this goal and the ambitions of Carleton to be at the forefront of this work. We have set goals towards zero emissions by 2050, as part of our Sustainability Plan.

On-campus we also continue to develop and improve upon how we can reduce energy use. Did you know that our building automation system controls over 50,000 data points across the campus which allows building systems to be optimized for occupant comfort and energy performance. Facilities Management and Planning (FMP) is also working closely with the Building Performance Research Centre and external parties to develop innovative ways to implement occupancy-based ventilation controls. This technology allows the building systems to quickly react to changes in occupancy and the energy needed.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in ,
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