One Hour. No power.
Every March, the University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability joins hundreds of millions of people world-wide in celebrating Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is a global movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund. Held on a Saturday in March annually, the event asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and appliances for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and the impacts it has on our planet.
Since its origin in 2006, Earth Hour has grown from a local event in Sydney, Australia to a global undertaking by an estimated 1.8 billion people and 135 countries and territories*. The event is about more than just switching off lights for one hour each year; it focuses on the small actions that individuals can take to reduce their energy consumption and reduce their environmental footprint. Minor changes in lifestyle choices, such as turning off your lights, can have a great impact on your individual energy consumption. It also gives individuals a voice and a chance to work together to create a better future for our planet.
Earth Hour 2013 at University of Alberta
For Earth Hour 2013, the university hosted the One Hour, No Power: Campus Challenge and Darkest Tower for the Hour competitions.
One Hour, No Power: Campus Challenge 2013 - The University of Alberta teamed up with twelve other post-secondary institutions from across Alberta to take collective action against climate change by participating in One Hour, No Power: Campus Challenge 2013. The fourth annual inter-campus competition ran to see which school could get the best participation of their students, faculty and staff to pledge to power down all non-essential lights and appliances during Earth Hour on March 23, 2013. The school with the most participation, per capita, was declared the winner!
Congratulations to King's University College who won the One Hour, No Power: Campus Challenge 2013 with more than 18% of their campus population participating!
Throughout the two weeks of competition, a record-breaking 2,824 pledges were received from the 12 participating institutions. The University of Alberta had a total of 932 Earth Hour pledges from students, faculty and staff alike.
For a complete list of school rankings, click here.
Darkest Tower for the Hour Challenge 2013 - As part of the One Hour, No Power: Campus Challenge, Lister residents took part in a Darkest Tower for the Hour challenge which pitted the four towers of the Lister Centre, the UAlberta’s largest residence complex, against each other in a battle for the best participation in Earth Hour.
Although it was extremely close, the fifth floor of Henday Hall took the victory for darkest floor. The darkest tower title went to Henday Hall which managed to have over 20 per cent of their population pledge for Earth Hour 2013. They are the proud winner of the grand prize – a pizza party generously sponsored by ARAMARK.
Lights Out Flash Mob - During Earth Hour, students were invited to help their campus participate in Earth Hour through a flash mob. In small groups, volunteers travelled from building to building shutting off as many lights as they could during that one hour. In total, 391 lights were turned off across 29 building on campus.