Wear a Sweater
November 2016 - Sweater Week - Turning Down the Heat, Turning Up the Style!
Saving energy and the environment by way of turning down the heat is a lot easier than you think! To heat UFV we utilize natural gas fired boilers which contribute to our carbon footprint and GHG emissions. All week long UFV students, staff and faculty were pulling on sweaters of all styles to keep warm as we lowered temperatures by 1 degree at the Abby Campus and reduced our natural gas consumption. Daily and grand prizes were handed out for submissions via twitter and Instagram @sustainableUFV, facebook.com/SustainableUFV, and using the hashtag #UFVsweaterweek2016.
For the last 3 years, SustainableUFV has spearheaded a campaign to keep thermostats low despite cool weather outside. The last few winters have been exceptionally warm, an impact of climate change that we continue to feel right here at UFV.
SustainableUFV's Sweater Week is part of a larger event put on by the World Wildlife Fund Canada. Since 2010, WWF Canada has been inspiring people to put on a sweater as a way to reduce heat within businesses and households and therefore reducing the amount of emissions that get put into the atmosphere. If every thermostat in Canada was decreased by 2°C, greenhouse gas emissions would be down by 4 megatons-- the equivalent of shutting down a 600 mega-watt coal powered station.
For more information on Sweater Day or World Wildlife Fund Canada please click below.