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sophie atherton

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the big holiday switch off

I recently wrote about what we're doing to make uea(su) more sustainable and keep our environmental impact to a minimum. 

As you can see, sustainability is really important to us, which is why I wanted to use this blog to promote a University-led scheme to cut energy wastage over the Christmas break. Last year UEA started the Big Holiday Switch Off initiative which will be returning this year. The initiative encourages staff and students to switch off unessential electrical items when leaving campus for the holidays. 

In the 2015-16 festive period, the University saved 26% of its total electricity usage between the 23rd December and 2nd January, which is the equivalent of powering 76 average UK homes for a whole year! This year, UEA want to beat that figure and you can help. If you're leaving for the holidays make sure you unplug all your appliances, shut all windows, turn off lights and turn down the heating. Today, from 10am-2pm, CarbonCrew Society will be in the Hive giving tips on how you can be more sustainable over the festive period. There will be also a chance to make upcycled decorations and pick up free upcycled folders - so come and get involved. 

If you'd like to read more about how to be more environmentally friendly over the festive period, check out the Sustainable UEA blog here.

If you'd like to know more about what uea(su) are doing for the environment, take a look at our website here  



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