CREEC COLLABORATES WITH STUDENTS AND WWF ON “GO GREEN WEEK”
Did you know that as of February 2018 Makerere University pays 480,689,353Uganda shillings on electricity bills alone? This was one of the shocking realizations some of the students had to experience during the Go Green week. The “Go Green” was a five day sustainability program coordinated by the Planning and Development Department of Makerere University with the Estates and works Department, World Wide Fund and CREEC. CREEC participated in the week from 26th to 28th February 2018.The aim of the program was to create awareness about sustainable energy efficiency practices within the University under the theme “Save Energy and Protect our Planet”
Some of the activities included a social media campaign and a Think Tank session where students made a presentation on energy use. From there presentation, it was clear that many were misusing the electricity made available to them by simply leaving the lights on or plugging in appliances that are not in use. According to them, they have paid for the electricity so why not use it in the way they deem fit? CREEC used this platform to encourage students to utilize the energy that has been provided for them and to become ambassadors of energy efficiency. As a continuation of this program, CREEC will be carrying out an energy audit on one of the Halls of residence in the University. So in the spirit of the Go Green week, switch off the light as you leave the room, use energy saving appliances and don’t leave appliances plugged in when not in use. The energy you save can be used by the 80% of Ugandans who do not have access.