UP Cebu joins ‘Earth Hour’ 2017

Members of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu community will participate in World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour event on March 25.

In a memorandum, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro ordered faculty, staff, dormitory residents, and students from different colleges to switch off lights and power sources from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on that day.

According to Corro, Earth Hour is a great avenue to remind UP Cebu constituents to conserve energy.

In line with the event, she asked university constituents to “be vigilant in conserving energy” and water consumption.

Corro also stressed “the need to optimize resources because of the limited funds.”

UP Cebu participation is in partnership with WWF Philippines and other constituent units of the UP System across the Philippines who were enjoined to observe the hour-long non-use of electrical power in a memorandum from UP System president Danilo Concepcion.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is an annual global movement participated in by countries from all over the world and spearheaded by WWF every 25th of March.

Participants are encouraged to switch off lights to minimize power use at home or in business establishments for at least one hour.

According to the WWF Website, the movement was begun as a commitment to the planet to reduce energy consumption and to take action to combat climate change.

Earth Hour marks its 10th anniversary on March 25, 2017.

Suggestions for Conservation

With UP Cebu’s effort to conserve energy, Prof. Patricia Nazareno of the College of Science (COS) also suggested in an interview the installation of harvesters in school buildings to catch rainwater for use in flushing toilets, watering plants, and cleaning the campus.

Prof. Crina Tañongon of the College of Communication, Art, and Design and researcher Cora Jane Lawas of the Central Visayas Studies Center backed Nazareno’s suggestion.

Tañongon added that solar panels should also be installed on rooftops to help generate more energy. She also said that applying net meters from the Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) could help reduce energy consumption.

Prof. Marilou Busano of the School of Management said “responsible budgeting or accounting is necessary”. She said Veco and water meters should be set installed in every unit to monitor water and energy use, pointing out that this “creates a deterring effect on waste but is a proactive approach to conserve power and water”.

As part of environmental stewardship, Nazareno said she no longer prints her syllabi but only gives soft copies to her students, while COS professors print examinations on blank sides of used papers and do not use air conditioners when there is only one person in a room./WRITER ANDREA MAY SO, EDITED BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE, PHOTO FROM