Blackout 2014 : A Night Out with the Lights Out

On 21st March Cardiff University will be contending in an energy conservation competition called ‘Blackout 2014’, where volunteers will be turning off unnecessary electrical items in university building in order to make the university more environmentally friendly.

The University will be competing against Cardiff Metropolitan University, Swansea University, Bangor University, Aberystwyth University, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in order to see who can save the most energy over the weekend.

The Vice President Welfare at Cardiff University calls the competition “a really inventive idea and we hope that a large number of students will get involved with this energy saving competition.”

Volunteers will be crucial to this event, so anyone who wants to participate in the event should sign up at: They must be available on Friday 21st March from 5:30 to 9:00 and available for an information meeting on 18th March from 6:30 until 7.

The programme was created at Southampton University, who first started the Blackout initiative in 2012. Over one weekend with 250 participants of students and staff, they were able to raise £1,600 for the university and the amount of energy equivalent to the needed to power the houses of five average families.

The initiative is part of the 12 month ‘Live Greener’ campaign run by NUS Wales. Stuart Jones, the Sustainability Project Officer at NUS Wales, states “Putting students at the heart of the biggest switch-off event of its kind, Blackout is a really exciting part of embedding sustainability across higher education in Wales.”

They are running the Blackout 2014 programme as part of this programme along with other campaigns carried out on-campus, such as the ‘Switch Off’ competition in the halls of residence and the ‘Get It Out For Cardiff’ recycling campaign.

Sarah Hazelwood