Earth Hour Festival 2019

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Erin Kuepfer
Communications Assistant
Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:15

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Through local events and workshops, Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) aims to increase environmental awareness campus-wide.

On March 26, SCI hosted Earth Hour Festival 2019, where students came together to recognize the importance of energy use and being energy efficient.

“Events like Earth Hour and other SCI-run events are important because they help to get people aware of what sustainability is," said fourth-year Planning Student and SCI volunteer Rachel Poon.

The night began with a variety of networking booths and workshops showcasing the local sustainability efforts on campus. Booths included a t-shirt upcycling workshop, the UW Energy Network[external link], the Ecology Lab [external link], DIY lip scrubs, a recycling challenge, a no road salts on UW campus initiative, succulent planting, and more. Participants were encouraged to venture from booth to booth completing a BINGO card to win sustainable prizes like a bamboo cutlery set.

From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. the lights were turned off for Earth Hour and students passed the time testing their environmental knowledge with trivia.  

“Earth Hour is important in raising awareness about the little things you can do for the environment," said Katana Cameron, first-year Environment, Resources and Sustainability student. "I remember turning off the lights as a kid and playing games in the dark, and so to me I think that Earth Hour is also important for small kids to learn about sustainability."

Attendee Azzam Aamir, first-year Physics and Astronomy student, came to the event with friends who are interested in sustainability, and came away with a new group of peers.

“It’s the sense of community about the event that makes it really appealing to attend,” Aamir said.

"Like-minded people celebrating sustainability is one of the major goals of SCI," said Poon.

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