A reminder to unplug! Turn off computers and appliances before leaving for the holiday break

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York community members are reminded to switch off and unplug before leaving for the holiday break. It is also a good time to remind others in your area about the importance of shutting down computers, lights, small office or kitchen appliances and other personal electronics and close any windows before leaving the office.

York recently announced ambitious plans for sustainability, which include achieving net-zero and significantly reducing the University’s direct and indirect emissions by 45 per cent by 2030. The simple gesture of turning off and/or unplugging devices before leaving the office can yield tremendous results, given that staff and faculty operate more than 8,000 computers, and together the Keele and Glendon campuses have more than 140,000 internal lights.

The ability to shut down certain electrical devices will vary depending on departmental requirements.

York is committed to driving positive change for local and global communities, and sustainability is a core value that is at the heart of everything the University strives for. Together, the community is taking the action needed for future generations, the planet and for ourselves.

Visit the Office of Sustainability website to learn more about York’s Sustainability Action Commitment. For tips on how to have a sustainable holiday season, check out the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s website: Giving green: Sustainable, upcycled (and sometimes handmade) gifts.