Mount Allison to shut off lights

SACKVILLE – It’s “Lights Out” for Mount Allison University campus on Friday as the Sackville campus celebrates its second year in a project recognizing climate change and man’s impact on the environment.

Lights Out Canada was launched several years ago in British Columbia by high school student Keleigh Annau and has since spread to schools across the country and outside.
Last year Mount Allison, where Annau is a student, made history by becoming the first university to join the effort by shutting off lights campus-wide.

“Mount Allison creates an environment that both fosters academic enrichment and empowers students to get involved. To have so many passionate students spreading the word, doing presentations in schools, and helping to coordinate Lights Out Mount A, is truly heartening and incredibly valuable to the project,” she said recently.

Mount A students, staff and faculty had the biggest team on the EcoAction Teams web site, committing themselves to saving 4,949,884 litres of water, 20,517 kg of waste, 192,347 kg of Greenhouse Gas, $20,858.23 in energy costs and 305,611 kWh of energy. The Lights Out Canada event at Canadian schools will take place on Earth Day, April 22, during class hours. Already, an unprecedented 140 schools have registered as part of this year’s effort.