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University casts vote for planet Earth


24 March 2009

All non-essential lighting on the Darlington and Camperdown campuses will be switched off in support of the Earth Hour initiative.
All non-essential lighting on the Darlington and Camperdown campuses will be switched off in support of the Earth Hour initiative.

Earth Hour 2009 is themed "Vote Earth" with organisers hoping 1 billion people world-wide will switch off their lights as a sign of voting for the planet.

At 8:30pm this Saturday the University of Sydney will cast its vote for planet Earth by switching off its lights for one hour.

Non-essential lighting on the Darlington and Camperdown campuses will be switched off in support of the initiative. Street, emergency and security lighting will remain on to ensure pedestrian safety.

Last year 50 million people globally participated in Earth Hour with global landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Rome's Colosseum, the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco switched off for the hour.

Close to 2,400 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries have already committed to vote Earth for Earth Hour 2009. If the target of 1 billion votes is reached it will be presented to world leaders at the upcoming Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The University of Sydney has participated in Earth Hour for all of the three years since its inception in Sydney in 2007. Our ongoing involvement complements our commitment to sustainability projects across our campuses including:

  • The Energy Savings Action Plan (ESAP) for Camperdown and Darlington campuses, which will see the completion of 72 energy savings projects by the end of 2009;
  • The Emissions Reduction Working Group overseeing a carbon emissions reduction plan for the University; and;
  • A portion of the University's general waste (excluding paper and cardboard) being processed at the Woodlawn Bioreactor Facility in Goulburn to generate renewable energy.
    The University is encouraging all staff to participate, both at work and in the home.

Below are a few very simple actions that can be undertaken. You can help by switching off:

  • Lights
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Photocopiers
  • Faxes
  • Paper shredders
  • Audio visual equipment

For further information on the University's sustainability initiatives, visit our Earth Hour page or to find out more about Earth Hour visit the official Earth Hour website.


Read the opinion piece by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, Professor and Federation Fellow from the School of Chemistry here


Contact: Sarah Stock

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