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Take the PowerOFF Challenge now through March 24

Submitted by larthur on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:12pm

Everyday actions can create powerful results

In its eighth year, the annual PowerOFF Challenge aims to inspire the campus community to conserve electricity. Electricity usage at the university is equal to that of approximately 9,500 Calgary homes and presents a significant opportunity for campus members to tangibly contribute to meeting the goals of UCalgary’s Institutional Sustainability Strategy and commitment to excellence and leadership in sustainability through simple everyday actions. The energy saving habits we form on campus can also directly benefit us at home in the form of reduced GHG emissions and utility costs.

Participating in PowerOFF directly supports UCalgary’s sustainability goals

UCalgary aims to be one of the most energy efficient campuses in Canada and strives to demonstrate pathways to energy efficiency and eventual carbon neutrality. Energy consumption is the largest source of UCalgary’s GHG emissions and thus presents the largest opportunity for slowing climate change. Since occupants can control over a third of energy usage in some buildings, students, faculty and staff play an important role in helping us achieve these goals. Will you do your part by taking the PowerOFF Challenge?


Taking part in the PowerOFF Challenge is simple! Start by taking the pledge below 

Submitted by john.ho1 on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:49am

Did you know? Turning off lights, taking the stairs, powering down computers and unplugging appliances when not in use can help reduce a building's electricity usage by up to a third. 

Take the PowerOFF pledge below and commit to taking electricity saving actions on campus and at home. When you submit your pledge you’ll be entered into a grand prize draw for one of two Goal Zero portable solar panel packs and one of 25 Goal Zero power banks. Click here to see contest rules.

Contact Info

For inquiries about PowerOFF, please contact:

  • John Ho, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, Office of Sustainability | 403-220-4834


March 14, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.
Sustainability Resource Centre (Science B 101)

We're showing TEDxTalks related to energy and energy conservation. Refreshments will be provided. Attendance is on a drop-in basis. This event offers Level Up points.

Documentary Screening of SWITCH 

March 24, 2017
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Sustainability Resource Centre (Science B 101)

SWITCH examines the way we produce and use energy, and how to realize the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency. Refreshments will be provided. Attendance is on a drop-in basis. This event offers Level Up points.

Upcoming roaming booth stops:

March 21 - Mackimmie Tower, 12 to 1 p.m.

Science Theatres, 1 to 3 p.m.

March 22 - ICT, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

... More dates and locations to be announced.

You can also chat with us at the Sustainability Resource Centre (SB101) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To request a visit from the roaming booth in your area, contact

Help spread the word about PowerOFF.
You can download and print or email the poster below. To request hardcopies of the poster and/or stickers, email and these will be sent to you via campus mail. 

2017 PowerOFF Poster

PowerOFF Challenge Poster; prints best on 11"x17"

PowerOFF Monitor Sticker

PowerOFF Lightswitch Sticker