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Blackout Wales with WISE Network

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WISE Network will be joining Universities across Wales in “Blackout Wales”, a major “switch off” exercise on the evening of Friday 21st March as part of our campaign to highlight and reduce our energy usage.

The three Universities involved with WISE Network (Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea) are involved in this campaign and support the broader aim to make savings and operate more sustainably. These are the main objectives WISE Network has when working with businesses also.

The challenge is to turn-off all non-essential equipment in office areas that have been left on before the weekend (i.e. computers, printers, lights, mobile phone chargers). Afterwards, we will compare energy usage during the ‘blackout’ with energy use on a comparable weekend. This will show us the real savings that can be achieved with just a few small changes to the way we work.

This event will be a way to engage and empower students and staff in sustainability actions, and raise the profile of sustainability issues across the Universities.

Involvement in this high-impact event will gain the Universities UK-wide recognition of sustainability and carbon management.

National Event – Blackout Wales will be championed by NUS Wales for the first time under the Live Greener banner. The University of Southampton developed the concept and are working with NUS Wales to ensure that Blackout Wales will be the UK’s biggest switch-off. It will involve the Universities of Bangor, Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Swansea and Wales Trinity Saint David.

For more information contact Mair Rowlands