UBC Seasonal Shutdown

UBC Seasonal Shutdown

Every action counts! This holiday season help save energy as part of UBC’s Seasonal Shutdown, which lowers the temperature in buildings over the winter break to reduce energy use and emissions on campus.

About the Shutdown

Simple actions like turning off and unplugging electronic equipment and turning off lights save thousands of dollars each year.

Before you leave for the holidays:

  • Switch off electronics
  • Unplug small appliances
  • Turn off the lights
  • Close windows and blinds
  • Report any air or water leaks
  • Shut fume hood sashes
  • Shut down non-essential lab equipment

Help us save even more energy this year by completing some simple actions and filling out the Shutdown Checklist!

How can I participate?

  1. Download the Shutdown Checklist
  2. Engage your colleagues so everyone is aware of the Seasonal Shutdown and turns off their personal equipment. Discuss any shared equipment that can be turned off or unplugged.
  3. Identify a person(s) to complete a final review before the holidays and submit the checklist on behalf of your office to sc.program@ubc.ca to be entered to win 1 of 3 $100 prizes.

Help promote Seasonal Shutdown in your unit. Download poster


How do I participate?

Download and complete the checklist for your office or lab in collaboration with your colleagues. Submit one checklist per office/department/floor/wing etc. Checklists must be completed prior to winter break (i.e. by December 22) and submitted to sc.program@ubc.ca to be eligible for the prize draw.

What are the prizes?

Completed entries will be eligible for the prize draw to win 1 of 3 $100 prizes for your office/department. Winners will be announced in January 2018.

Will the heating in my building be adjusted during Seasonal Shutdown?

Yes. UBC is turning down the heat in most buildings that are closed over the holiday break, as approved by building managers and facility managers.

Why is turning down the heat important?

The majority of the energy consumed in academic and administrative buildings is due to heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems. By turning down the heat when the building is not in use we can achieve significant energy and cost savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

What if I need to access a building that is closed over the holidays?

Temperatures may be lower than usual in buildings so make a note if you need to access a building outside of normal operating hours, please dress warmly.

What can I do if my building is too hot or too cold during normal operating hours?

During normal operating hours, if you’re too hot or too cold—before you plug in a heater or a fan—we need you to tell us if something doesn’t seem typical for your building. Contact Building Operations to report the issue. 

How do I report a water leak?

If you spot any leaky faucets, showerheads or toilets at UBC, please contact the Building Operations Service Centre online or at 604-822-2173 to report the issue.

Who is organizing the Seasonal Shutdown?

The Seasonal Shutdown campaign is organized by Energy & Water Services, Campus + Community Planning, and Building Operations.

Where can I learn more about UBC’s climate and energy conservation initiatives?

To learn more, visit our Climate Action Plan and Energy & Water Services websites.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions about Seasonal Shutdown, contact sc.program@ubc.ca.

What were the outcomes of last year’s Shutdown?

Last year, by turning down the heat in buildings and encouraging energy conservation actions campus-wide, UBC’s Vancouver campus saved 356,900 equivalent kWh of electricity and natural gas, $20,500 in energy costs, and 13 tonnes of carbon emissions over the 2016 winter break. Learn more about last year’s Shutdown here.