Sustainable StrathclydeStrathclyde Switch Off

This year both Strathclyde students and staff can take part in Strathclyde Switch Off – a campaign to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Everyone at Strathclyde can really make a difference in helping the University save energy as well as reduce carbon emissions by completing simple tasks such as switching off the lights and turning off non-essential equipment. This campaign is one of Strathclyde’s many initiatives to encourage more sustainable living and to work towards our target of Net Zero by 2040, and a more sustainable future.


Strathclyde Business School

On campus

Don't forget to...

  • close all doors and windows at the end of the day
  • switch off all non-essential equipment like PCs and printers
  • report any power issues or water leaks to Estates Helpdesk
  • switch off your kitchen appliances and hot-water boiler overnight
  • turn down the heating – 19 degrees is recommended as a comfortable set point for offices
  • switch off the lights.
Livingstone tower

Helping my department switch off

We are inviting all departments to get involved.  Here’s how you can help make this campaign a success:

Students in Chemistry lab

Working in labs

If you work in a lab, try to:

  • switch off equipment not in use such as chillers and drying ovens
  • keep fume cupboards tidy and uncluttered
  • always keep fume cupboard sashes lowered when not in use
  • defrost fridges/freezers and clean the filters regularly
  • dispose of your waste correctly
  • unplug non-essential equipment like IT and water baths.


Campus village

Living in halls

Students in halls of residence can take part in the Student Switch Off campaign, brought to you by Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK). Through this campaign, you can:

  • volunteer to make your halls more sustainable
  • take part in regular competitions
  • further your environmental knowledge through free training and online resources
  • take part in quizzes and other fun activities.
Students at the Library

Living in private accommodation

Students in private accommodation can also take part in Student Switch Off. You can:

  • take part in regular competitions
  • further your environmental knowledge through free training and online resources
  • take part in quizzes and other fun activities
  • become a volunteer
  • and even get paid to be a home auditor!

What else can you do? 

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Actions you can take

Strathclyde Switch Off is just one of the many things you can do to help make our world more sustainable. You can also:

  • find out more about how you can make your home more environmentally and financially sustainable
  • learn more about global events, such as COP27
  • sign up to JUMP – and win prizes for your sustainable activities
  • attend trainings to further your climate knowledge, such as Carbon Literacy
  • have climate conversations with your family, friends, colleagues and peers
  • take part in other campaigns, such as Switch Off Fortnight, which is just like Strathclyde Switch Off, but for primary schools!