Warmer clothing and hot drinks are key to staying comfortable indoors as SFU drops its temperature settings by two degrees.


Layer up. It’s about to get chilly indoors and out

December 04, 2018

Simon Fraser University is reducing all campus temperature settings to 20˚C, which is two degrees lower than usual.

The temperature drop responds to Fortis BC’s request for the public to help conserve natural gas in the wake of the Oct. 9 Enbridge natural gas pipeline rupture, which has diminished natural gas supplies.

"Reducing natural gas consumption across the institution is an excellent example of the university’s community leadership and its commitment to address climate change and promote sustainability initiatives,” says Kayla Blok, program coordinator at the SFU Sustainability Office. “This collaborative effort between departments furthers the conversation on climate-change mitigation and adaptation throughout the SFU community."

Bernard Chan, SFU's energy manager, is spearheading the new temperature roll-out. 

"As we enter the coldest months of the year, the need to conserve energy is more pressing.," he says.  

 While 20˚C is the minimum intention institution-wide, Chan plans to work with specific departments to further reduce temperature settings in offices and workspaces.

All SFU Community members are encouraged to take further action to reduce energy consumption on and off campus by:

  • Turning down the thermostat in your home, work or community building to below 20°C
  • Not using electric heaters on campus as this could overload the electrical system
  • Layering up in warmer clothing
  • Taking shorter showers
  • Washing clothes in cold water

To learn more ways to reduce your natural gas use, click here.


-       FortisBC’s statement on the limited natural gas: https://www.fortisbc.com/MediaCentre/BCsNaturalGasSupplyIsLimited/Pages/default.aspx