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Thank you for helping to save thousands of pounds in one weekend!

Hopkins Building at night

This is real progress towards our target of 35% reduction in carbon emissions by 2015/16 and shows what can be done when we all work together.

Earth hour coincided well with the end of term, it was a good opportunity to make sure as much equipment as possible was turned off before the Easter vacation. During that weekend alone, we saved over £3,500 on electricity and 230 tCO2e compared to the average weekend in 2011.  

However there is still room for improvement! During Earth Hour, 20:30 - 21:30, Security kindly toured the Whiteknights campus noting buildings with their lights on.......This is the list!

  • HumSS Tower - Various Floors
  • Henley Business School - All floors
  • AMS Micro - Ground and 1st floor
  • Carrington Building - Ground floor
  • Whiteknights House, 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Physics - Top floor
  • Engineering - Top floor
  • Chemistry - All floors
  • Food Biosciences - 2nd and 3rd floor
  • Hopkins Building - 1st floor
  • Phillip Lyle - 1st floor
  • Cybernetics - Ground floor
  • Fine Art
  • Harry Pitt - Ground floor
  • Psychology -3rd Floor

To help those buildings and departments that find it hard to remember to Shut Down, The Environment, Energy and Sustainability Team are encouraging each office to produce a Shut Down Guide that provides a quick and easy reference point for people to check which equipment can be switched off at the end of the day/week.

So please remember to switch off (where appropriate, and at the wall if possible):

  • Computers
  • Radios
  • Televisions/LCD screens in foyers etc.
  • Heaters
  • Photocopiers
  • Fridges (if empty)
  • Other electrical equipment that does not need to be on overnight or at the weekend
  • And finally, as you leave your office or area, lights!

Finally, a reminder to fill in the Environmental Survey. This is your opportunity to let us know how much you know about environmental and sustainability matters at the University, what you think we're doing well and how you think we could improve. Please follow this link: 


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