GLOBE at Night: encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of the night sky. During 2 weeks of moonless evenings, children and adults match the appearance of a constellation (Leo in the northern hemisphere and Crux or Leo in the southern hemisphere) with 7 star charts of progressively fainter stars found at They then submit their choice of star chart on-line with their date, time and location to help create a light pollution map worldwide.

Earth Hour 2011
Go Beyond the HOUR!
Saturday March 26th, 2011 – 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The theme of this year’s Earth Hour is “Go Beyond the Hour”. People around the world are being encouraged to conserve energy during the scheduled Earth Hour and to continue doing it throughout the year. Queen’s University plans to participate in this initiative and is asking students, faculty and staff to do the same.

The university remains committed to reducing its overall energy use and we need your help to accomplish this goal. With a few small changes to your daily routine you too can make a difference.
Physical Plant Services will:
v Turn off all non-essential heating systems;
v Turn off most non-essential lights. Exceptions include emergency lights, which are hard wired and for safety and security will not be turned off. A few buildings on campus that are open late or allow 24-hour access, including Stauffer Library and Goodes Hall will also stay lit.
v Monitor power consumption levels before, during and after Earth Hour.

Do your part at work:
v Switch off lights when leaving a room.
v Switch off computers, monitors, printers, scanners, radios and other equipment when they’re not in use, and before a meeting, lunch or end-of-day.
v Use power bars to eliminate phantom loads.
v Enable the energy saving functions on your computer equipment.
v Dress comfortably for the weather and adjust your layers before adjusting the thermostat.

Do your part at home:
v Lower the set point of your thermostat.
v Use low-flow plumbing fixtures.
v Open curtains to allow for maximum sunlight in the winter and close the curtains to keep out the sunlight in the summer.
v Take advantage of energy incentives like the current saveONenergy program.
v Celebrate Earth Hour in downtown Kingston at Springer Market Square for the 4th annual “Kingston Unplugged” concert.

Turn Off Your Lights For Earth Hour
8:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M. SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011
Kingston will participate in Earth Hour in 2011. Between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, lights will go off around the world to mark Earth Hour — a global event to acknowledge humanity’s impact on climate change.