Layer up! UGDSB is preparing for National Sweater Day
January 28, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – Students and staff in the Upper Grand District School Board are preparing to turn down the heat and put on their warmest sweater as they participate in National Sweater Day on February 7.
For several years, millions of Canadians have participated in the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) National Sweater Day. National Sweater Day was designed with the intention of bringing awareness to the importance of saving energy.
According to the WWF, heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada, suggesting that if all Canadians put on a warm sweater and lowered their thermostat by two degrees, greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by four megatons.
Some ideas to help families celebrate National Sweater Day include:
- Turning down your thermostat and putting on a sweater.
- Include your children in a brainstorming activity about ways to save energy at home. Make a pledge to implement as many as you can.
- Research the differences between climate and weather and ask your child to characterize some different climate types.
- Read a children’s book about conservation and encourage discussion and questions.
- Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, use recycled materials to create cards this year.
On February 7, schools and offices are turning the heat down slightly to recognize the importance of saving energy.
The Guelph Board Office will be hosting a chili cook-off to celebrate the day. How will you mark the day? Tweet @ugdsb using the hashtag #NationalSweaterDay with your energy saving tips and activities.