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Celebrate Earth Hour and Go Lift Free

UTS Library Recognises Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25th

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, an Australian grassroots movement that has evolved over the years into the world’s largest initiative for climate change.

With this year’s Earth Hour theme “Switch Off to Join the Future”, UTS Library is partnering with UTS Green to encourage students and staff to take the stairs and skip the lift. While using the lift may seem easier, choosing to take the stairs will reduce your carbon footprint, burn more calories, improve leg muscle development, strengthen your joints and contribute to overall cardiovascular health. A typical lift in a three-story office building uses 3,800 kilowatt-hours per year, or about as much as the average home uses in four months.

If you’re able to take the stairs, make your mark on our murals in the main Library stairwell to show you chose to go lift free.

For those who are unable to take the stairs, there are plenty of ways to reduce your individual energy consumption including turning off your computer when it’s not in use and taking public transportation. 

Did you know?
Stair climbing, or “vertical running”, is a sport where Australians have found international fame? Maybe choosing to take the stairs this Earth Hour will ignite your passion to join the Vertical World Circuit!

UTS Library is committed to practices, research and systems that will lead us into a sustainable future.