Student Switch Off
|Student Switch Off|
|Motto||SWITCH OFF - SAVE ENERGY - WIN PRIZES|
|Type||Community interest company|
|Director||Dr. Neil Jennings|
The 'Student Switch Off' is a campaign that aims to encourage students to save energy when living in UK University halls of residence. It is run through a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.
The campaign currently runs at 43 universities across the UK. In the academic year 2010/11, 15,000+  students pledged their support for energy-saving in their halls of residence.
Student Switch Off and People & Planet have partnered to set up the School Switch Off, aiming encourage students in schools to save energy in Oxfordshire. It ran in March 2011 and achieved an average 28% reduction.
The campaign was set up by Dr Neil Jennings as a pilot project at the University of East Anglia in 2006. In the pilot year the campaign helped to reduce energy usage by an average of over 10% in halls of residence – saving around 90 tonnes of CO
2 and over £19,000 in energy expenditure. Neil Jennings received significant support in developing the campaign from the Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College  and secured sponsorship of the campaign from E.ON, Odeon, The Independent and First.
The campaign expanded to 7 Universities in 2007/08 and 11 in 2008/09 until in 2009 the Student Switch Off partnered with the National Union of Students (United Kingdom) as part of the Defra funded Degrees Cooler project, increasing the numbers of Universities hosting the campaign by 22. Other partners included People & Planet, London Sustainability Exchange, Green Impact and Student Force for Sustainability.
In 2009, the Student Switch Off was chosen by Carbon Leapfrog  as one of the projects it would support with pro-bono legal and accountancy support.
|Year||Universities||No. of Students Signed up||% electricity reduction||Tonnes of CO2 Saved||£ Saved|
- N.B. The aggregate CO2 and £ saving for 2010-11 was lower than 2009-10 despite a similar % reduction because a number of Universities made infrastructural changes in their meters during 2010-11 that meant no electricity data was available.
- N.B. During 2011-12 we brought the baseline forward for a number of Universities who had been hosting the SSO for a few years. As a result, the % reductions, CO2 and financial savings quoted above are lower than they would have been had we compared them to the pre-intervention usage.
The Student Switch Off has picked up the following awards sice its inception in 2006:
May 2012: Ashden Awards Winner 
March 2011: Climate Week Awards. Finalist in Best Campaign category 
March 2011: People and Environment Achievement Awards. Winner, Best Energy Saving Idea 
June 2010: National eWell-Being Awards. Highly commended, Energy efficiency category 
Nov 2008: The Green Awards. Highly commended, Best Green Campaigner 
- "About Student Switch Off". Retrieved 2010-11-09.
- "Thousands of students get stuck into switching off". Retrieved 2010-11-09.
- "Degrees Cooler In Action". Retrieved 2010-11-09.
- "People and Environment Achievement Awards". Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- "School Switch Off". Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- "Our history". Retrieved 2010-11-09.