University of Calgary

‘One Hour No Power’ campus challenge results are in

UToday HomeApril 3, 2013

By Amy Glassman

Over 750 people from the University of Calgary community pledged to turn off all unessential lights during Earth Hour as a part of the “One Hour No Power: Campus Challenge.”

Held for the second year in a row, the challenge is an online competition between post-secondary institutions in Alberta where each campus aims to get the highest number of pledges per capita.

“Basically, the goal is to turn off any unessential electrical devices to conserve power, and thereby raise awareness about reducing our ecological footprint,” said student Himanish Panda.

The final results are as follows (rank, institution, percentage of campus population that pledged):

  1. King’s University College, 18.16%
  2. Grande Prairie Regional College, 3.49%
  3. NorQuest College, 3.38%
  4. Medicine Hat College, 3.34%
  5. Bow Valley College, 2.65%
  6. Concordia University College, 2.30%
  7. University of Calgary, 2.21%
  8. University of Alberta, 1.80%
  9. MacEwan University, 1.05%
  10. North Alberta Institute of Technology, 0.79%
  11. Mount Royal University, 0.58%
  12. Red Deer College, 0.34%

When asked to specify how they would spend their hour without power, participants got creative.  Answers ranged from playing board games in the dark to contemplating life’s mysteries under a full moon.

This year Earth Hour was held on March 23; individuals, businesses and institutions from around the globe committed to turning off all unessential lights for one hour between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Originally started by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007, Earth Hour has since become a global phenomenon with 153 countries and territories participating this year.

To learn more about Earth Hour and to see how the University of Calgary ranked against other post-secondary institutions visit

For more stories on how students, staff and faculty are stepping up together to turn SustainabilityON or to learn how you can become involved, visit:


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