17 October 2008 – for immediate release
This year the national Student Switch Off campaign comes to
Aston University – a national environmental campaign which sees student
residences pitted against each other in the battle to reduce the
University’s carbon emissions.
Aston University is one of only eleven universities across the
country to take part in the campaign. Since the new academic year began
(22nd September) nearly 200 Aston students have signed up to become
eco-power rangers, pledging to use their energy carefully and
encouraging their friends to do so as well. These individuals will be
rewarded for their energy-saving actions with prizes such as Ben &
Jerry’s ice cream parties, water-powered alarm clocks, solar-powered
mobile phone chargers, weekly tickets to the Student Union night out
and other vouchers and merchandise. Energy provider, E.ON, has backed
The project aims to reduce energy use in residences by at least 12%
in 12 months by encouraging students to switch off lights, televisions,
stereos and computers when not in use, not to leave appliances on
standby, covering pans when boiling water, only boiling as much water
as necessary and putting an extra layer of clothing on rather than
turning up the thermostat. Students will be encouraged to put these
measures into practice by their eco-power ranger peers.
Lynnette Jones, Environment and Sustainability Manager, Aston University, said
“If the students can make just a few simple changes to their
everyday actions, it would reduce the University’s electricity
consumption by 3% and help us meet challenging carbon reduction
targets. Student Switch Off is a really fun way to engage students in a
serious environmental issue.”
To find out more information about the scheme, visit www.studentswitchoff.org.
For more information on Aston University contact Laura Plotnek, University Communications Team, Aston University on 0121 204 4549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.