RMIT is once again participating in Earth Hour, an annual ‘lights off’ event to create awareness about climate change.
RMIT is participating in Earth Hour in 2016
Earth Hour is a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative that encourages households, businesses and institutions around the world to switch off their lights for one hour to make a united statement against the effects of climate change. RMIT University has been participating in Earth Hour since 2008 and is proud to be part of this event in 2016.
What you can do
To support RMIT's participation in Earth Hour on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 8.30pm-9.30pm, staff and students should do the following on the Friday before Earth Hour:
- Turn off all non-essential lighting and electrical appliances
- Switch off PCs, monitors and printers
- Switch off any non-essential research equipment that is not in use before 8.30pm on Saturday, 19 March 2016.
Please note that workspaces across the University may be dark for several hours on Saturday night as the lighting systems will take time to switch back on.
Fridges will be exempt. For safety reasons, all essential emergency lighting will be activated during Earth Hour.
Sustainability at RMIT
The Earth Hour movement is also committed to inspiring individuals and organisations to take action beyond the one hour of ‘lights off’. RMIT has invested many resources into reducing its carbon footprint and has committed to a $98 million plan to cut energy, water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Through the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program, RMIT is working with Siemens and Honeywell to make water and energy savings across 90 buildings at City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses.
The project aims to make the following savings:
- Reduce electricity over eight years by an estimated 239 million kilowatt hours leading to a 30,000-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions annually.
- Cut water use by an estimated 68 million litres.
RMIT offers a suite of sustainability-themed courses and sustainable research projects and has embedded sustainability into its building design, infrastructure, operations, procurement policies and work environments.
Check RMIT's Sustainability web page for the University’s latest sustainability initiatives and news.