National Sweater Day is an annual one-day campaign by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) to encourage Canadians to conserve energy by turning down the thermostat by 2 degrees and wearing a sweater.
Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada, and is a significant source of emissions. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons – equivalent to shutting down a 600 megawatt coal-fired power station.
National Sweater Day 2016 takes place Thursday, February 4.
How can I participate in Sweater Day?
- Turn off personal space heaters and if possible, turn down heat in your building
Win Prizes! Take a team sweater photo
- Encourage your co-workers to dress up in their best, worst or wackiest sweater. Take a team photo in your sweaters and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 5th for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to UBC Food Services. Bonus points for teams who incorporate an energy conservation message!
Host a sweater drive in your department
- Collect sweaters and other warm clothing for donation to those in need
Learn about energy conservation
- Check out Common Energy's Sweater Day booth at the Sustainability Fair - February 4th, 2016 from 10AM-3PM in the Student Nest.
Student sweater selfie contest
- Wear your wackiest or coziest sweater for prizes. Visit the Common Energy booth at the Nest or snap a selfie with #UBCSweaterDay, #RippleEffectUBC for a chance to win great prizes.