Staff and students at the University of Gloucestershire will be taking part in the largest voluntary action ever witnessed by taking part in the international Earth Hour event, hosted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
By switching off non-essential lighting for an hour at locations and facilities across the University, the students will be joining tens of millions of concerned citizens and corporations throughout the world in calling for action to save the planet. In 2012 a record 152 countries and 6,895 towns and cities took part in the Earth Hour challenge.
The event takes place from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 23 March. Professor Daniella Tilbury, Director of Sustainability at the University, has been a long term supporter of Earth Hour. She was part of the WWF team which originally devised the initiative in Sydney in 2005 and was involved in the augural Earth Hour event when while working in Sydney in 2007.
Paul Thomas, Sustainability Officer at the University of Gloucestershire said, “We’d like to ask all students to switch off lights in their halls of residence along with all non-essential equipment for an hour. We’d also like to encourage staff at home, or students living in the community to turn off their lights and electronic equipment during the event.
“The University is keen to catalyse change not just within its walls but across the communities it serves and we’d like to raise awareness of the Earth Hour challenge and hope others will also be encouraged to take part.”
More about the Earth Hour is available at www.earthhour.org or visit the Earth Hour Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/earthhour
About the University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.
Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.
The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses. For more information visit www.glos.ac.uk
Source: University of Gloucestershire