The College of Staten Island joined other The City University of New York (CUNY) campuses and cities around the world last Saturday by participating in Earth Hour, an international effort to save energy around the planet by turning off lights and reducing power consumption for one hour.

Beginning at 8:30pm last Saturday, the College turned off its informational marquee sign at the campus entrance; lights were turned off in skylit areas of the Campus Center, the Library, and the Center for the Arts (unless classes or events were scheduled there); and Campus Peace Officers (CPOs) used bicycles exclusively for patrol of the campus.

The Sustainable CUNY Project, a University-wide effort to make all CUNY campuses greener, encouraged University students, faculty, and staff to take photos of their campuses’ contributions to Earth Hour. Sustainable CUNY will make contributions to one or more College Scholarship Funds in recognition of outstanding campus submissions and the Project will post a slideshow of the photos on its Website (click here to view), and will create an electronic newsletter, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? in an effort to inform the public of CUNY’s contributions to the event.

L-R: CSI Public Safety Officers Gregory Rodriguez, CPO; Laura Devine, EMT; and Sgt. Kevin Myers