USC to switch off lights for Earth Hour

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USC to switch off lights for Earth Hour

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Published on 30 March 2012

30 March 2012

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s commitment to implementing and promoting best practice in sustainability will be reflected tomorrow night (Saturday 31 March) during Earth Hour.

USC’s large rooftop sign will be included when all campus lights, except those needed for security, are switched off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

This will be the fourth year that the University has participated in the global event, organised by conservation group WWF to symbolise people’s support for action on climate change and environmental preservation.

USC’s Sustainability Research Centre director Professor Tim Smith said the aims of Earth Hour matched the University’s mission to boost sustainability.

“We’re proud of trying to walk the talk, not just through campus operations and capital projects but through emphasising sustainability in our research and teaching programs across faculties,” Professor Smith said.

“Earth Hour is a great opportunity for everyone to reassess the amount of energy we’re consuming and to understand our consumption patterns, especially as costs increase.

“There are significant savings to be made from simply turning off power points.”

USC is currently working in partnership with the CSIRO on a three-year South-East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative. It also works with Sunshine Coast businesses, such as solar power provider Auzion, on research to enhance the environment, technology and services sector locally.

USC students are enrolled in Sustainability courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and more than 20 PhD students are doing research in the field.

— Terry Walsh

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