Earth Hour weekend kicks off tonight with our weekly Friday Night Lights program! Volunteers meet at 6:30PM in the South Dining Hall at the Student Union. The student leader will divide up volunteers to hit the different academic buildings on Main Campus to shut off lights that would otherwise be left on all weekend. Special focus will be on University Hall this weekend so that when the Tower goes dark tomorrow night, the whole building will be dark too!
Earth Hour is an event created by the non-profit World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness on climate change and the need for a sustainable future. Some students from the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Society approached me with the idea of UT participating this year. I was immediately on board, excited the students were taking the initiative! I went through the chain of command to get permission to turn the University Hall tower dark, the iconic symbol for UT. The tower will officially go dark for one hour from 8:30-9:30PM this Saturday. To my knowledge it would be t he first time the tower has gone dark (on purpose!). I am excited and thankful for how quickly everyone in Facilities and University Hall came together to make this event a reality, showing their support for the sustainability program at UT!
The students have been busy planning their events for Earth Hour, which like I mention kickoff tonight! And then tomorrow evening which will include a candlelight/flashlight walk, speakers, and a fundraiser at Oleander Park from 7:30-9:30PM. So stop by UT to see our tower dark or attend the events at Oleander Park! And if you cannot attend either, do your part at home by turning off all unnecessary lights, electronics, etc. and do your part to save electricity!