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Earth Hour: 25th March 2017

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Join us on Saturday 25 March to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour. The annual ‘lights out’ initiative will take place from 8.30pm - 9.30pm, urging people from all over the world to turn their lights off for one hour.

When Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007, 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses took part to combat climate change. Since then, it has transformed into a global phenomenon.

With over 60,000 students and staff, the Curtin community has the potential to make a significant impact. Consider these simple stats:

  • If we all took part in turning one light off for Earth Hour, we can save approximately 680kg of CO2 equivalent, which is equal to the carbon removed from the environment by 18 trees over a 10 year lifespan.
  • If we could all turn off one extra light for one hour each day for a year it would save 250 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. This is equal to the emissions from 74 homes’ electricity use for one year.
  • If each staff member switched off their workstation or put it to sleep every evening, they would reduce their individual carbon footprint by more than a tonne each year. This means that Curtin staff would collectively save a staggering 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the same amount of emissions as 854 cars being driven for one year, or 1,936,104kg of coal burned.

Curtin’s Commitment to a Sustainable Future

As an organisation, we’re committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff and the community whilst minimising our environmental impact. Resource saving initiatives are now embedded in our long term strategies and our day-to-day activities and we continue to strive to set new standards in sustainability.

We have implemented an innovative Energy and Water Monitoring system across every major building at the Bentley Campus. The system automatically reads hundreds of electricity, gas, potable water, ground water, and thermal energy meters to track and manage resource use and improve asset performance. The campus wide monitoring system includes high tech control systems which, combined with initiatives to replace old lighting and equipment with energy efficient alternatives, has resulted in a reduction in Curtin’s energy requirements, despite the construction of a number of new facilities to keep up with student demand. Since 2014 energy usage in the Robertson Library has fallen by almost 40% due to a switch to energy efficient bulbs and motion sensors, which automatically reduce lighting in areas when not in use.

Our recent building projects including Building 410, 304 and the Old Perth Boys School applied a fully integrated design approach with occupants, architects, engineers and builders coming together to deliver Australian Excellence in sustainability.

Earth Hour serves as an excellent reminder of the difference we can make collectively through individual action.

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What can you do?

  • For Curtin staff, please make an effort to switch off your workstation and lights when you leave for the weekend on Friday 24 March.
  • On the evening of Saturday 25 March from 8.30 – 9.30pm, switch off lights and any electrical items you can. Want to get creative? How about a candlelit dinner, picnic, board game or charades night? You can even go raw and cut out cooking energy! Invite some friends over and help raise awareness of this important event.
  • Help spread the word on social media. Join us via Curtin Campus Updates and let us know how you do Earth Hour.
  • Of course, a sustainable future is about more than an hour. Use Earth Hour to inspire small changes in your everyday life. Walk or ride your bike where you can, carpool or take public transport, switch off unnecessary lights and commodities and be a little more discerning about your use of household appliances such as your fridge, washing machines and dryers.
  • Want to take it further? Download Earth Hour’s Guide to Reducing Australia’s Environmental Footprint (pdf 4.7MB).

We look forward to sharing this fantastic initiative as a community. Visit http://earthhour.org.au/home/ to find out more.