Sustainability

Western Celebrated the Earth - A Recap!

Western Celebrated the Earth – Event Recap!

All over the world, April is recognized as Earth Month. This year at Western, students, staff and faculty recognized Earth Month a little earlier than usual to accommodate students’ busy exam schedules. Incase you weren’t able to make it out to the events, here’s some of what you missed!

Rez Powers Down: Sunday, March 23 – Saturday, April 5

For the second time this academic year, students living on campus competed in a two-week energy conservation challenge. This time, Hospitality Services even contributed by hosting candlelight dinners, a sustainable food cooking demonstration, and a recycling awareness night.

The winning residences were Perth Hall (traditional style) and London Hall (suite style). On average, the residences saved 3.27% of the energy compared to a baseline period. This is especially impressive considering that outdoor weather conditions were colder than expected, and an increase in heating was necessary.

Sustainability Photo Competition

Three staff members and one student claimed prizes for their submissions to Western’s Sustainability Photo Competition. See below for a collage of the submissions.

Eco-Action Day: Friday, March 28

Western’s London Youth Sustainability Network organized a fun afternoon packed with sustainability related activities, dialogue and videos. Eco-Action Day was a collaborative event that encouraged its more than 80 attendees to get involved, take action and participate in discussions about personal sustainability. Visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.511581418951713.1073741828.510014965775025&type=1 to see photos from the event.

Green Awards Ceremony: Monday, March 31

During the seventh annual Green Awards Ceremony, one staff members and two student groups were named this year’s winners:

Visit http://communications.uwo.ca/western_news/stories/2014/April/green_awards_celebrate_campus_sustainability_leaders.html for more information about the Green Awards and this year’s winners.

Campus Clean Up: Tuesday, April 1

Western hosted its second annual Campus Clean Up on Tuesday, April 1.

Almost 400 pounds of waste was picked up across campus by approximately 150 volunteers. 177 pounds of this waste was recyclable and was diverted from landfill.

Although the academic year is coming to a close at Western, there are always sustainability-related activities and events taking place on campus and in London. Check back regularly or follow @GreenWesternU on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out!

Sustainability Photo Contest Submissions