On February 4, 2016, as part of National Sweater Day, Capilano University turned down the heat on campus by two degrees in all major buildings (Arbutus, Birch, Bosa Centre, Cedar, Fir, Library, Maple and the Sportsplex). As a result of this intervention, we facilitated nearly 24 per cent savings in natural gas consumption, which is equivalent to 33 GJs or 1.5 tonnes of GHG emissions.
To put this in perspective, according to Natural Resources Canada about 100 GJs of energy is required to heat an average-size single detached home in Canada for one year. In one day, Capilano University saved one-third of the total fuel required to heat an average residence for one year!
As we encouraged the campus community to layer up to keep warm, we also encouraged them to donate cozy clothing to help others keep warm. Donations of sweaters, gloves and hats were collected for the Inland Refugee Society, which benefits refugees from Syria and other regions in the world. Additionally, socks and blankets were collected for RainCity Housing to benefit our community’s homeless.
National Sweater Day is a grassroots movement and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada campaign to encourage energy use awareness. On Sweater Day, Canadians turn down the heat by two degrees while bundling up and keeping warm in a favorite sweater. This campus event was brought to you by Capilano University Sustainability, the CapU Works PowerWorks Student intern, and the Facilities Team.
Submitted by Natalia Pisarek, PowerWorks Student Organizer
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