Tuesday March 15th, 2011
SACKVILLE – Mount Allison University students’ award-winning Lights Out Challenge is back this week as the university takes the lead in climate change and energy conservation awareness for youth everywhere.
This is the third year that students and the university are conducting the challenge, which will take place Friday on campus when as many lights are turned off as possible to conserve energy and reduce the impact on the environment.
The challenge is to get all of the schools to turn off their lights during the day Friday where possible. In addition, university students will be asked to contact their former high schools regarding taking part in the national Lights Out Day to be held on Earth Day Canada, April 21.
The Lights Out challenge at Mount Allison was founded by university student Keleigh Annau in 2005.
The national campaign involves comprehensive lesson plans, step-by-step participation guides and posters sent to the various schools in an effort to raise awareness, encourage discussions and active participation resulting in conscious efforts to reduce energy consumption at school and at home.
The Lights Out Provincial Ambassador program was recently launched in a bid to engage high school and university students with the organization of the project.
More than 200 schools and 70,000 students are already registered for this year’s event.
For additional information including project materials and a map of registered schools, go to www.lightsoutcanada.org.