This Saturday, March 29, at 8:30pm, Red River College will be joining millions of individuals and organizations around the globe by switching off the lights for 60 minutes to celebrate its commitment to the planet during Earth Hour.
Now in it’s eighth year, Earth Hour is a grassroots movement that aims to bring awareness to environmental issues and showcases how sustainable practices such as turning off lights and non-essential appliances can have a positive impact on the health of the planet.
Red River College is proud of the steps it has taken to reduce energy consumption on campus – both in new construction and through renovations.
Our newest buildings, the Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre (HETC) and the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI), are built to LEED standards meaning they have to be at least 25% more energy efficient than comparable buildings of the same size.
In HETC, high efficiency lighting, the use of natural light and photocell-controlled lighting help reduce energy consumption by 41%. At PGI, lighting in public areas is done by occupancy sensors so the lights only turn on when people are in the space.