Selkirk College campuses will be turning down the heat by two degrees this week in an effort to reduce our energy consumption. On February 1 on the Castlegar Campus, wear a sweater to show your commitment to energy conservation. And to stay warm!
Small Changes. Big Impact.
On Sweater Day 2017, Selkirk College saved 11.3 GJ of energy. That's almost a 25 per cent reduction for one day. We saved over a half of a metric tonne of CO2e from being emitted into the environment! That's equivalent to taking a vehicle off the road for a month and a half!
Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada and is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions.
If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just two degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about four megatons – that’s equivalent to shutting down a 600 megawatt coal-fired power station or taking nearly 700,000 cars off the road!
Since 2010, over a million Canadians have participated in National Sweater Day at their schools, workplaces and homes. Learn more at National Sweater Day.
A Sweater is Better
- Come to the Pit between 12 and 1 p.m. to play Energy Conservation Trivia with the Environment Club! Bring your own mug for a free Fair Trade hot chocolate or tea.
- Take a photo of you in your sweater, share and tag it -- #SustainableSelkirk and #SelkirkCollege