M'illumino di meno 2024

A fixed appointment: in 2024 too, the RUS - Network of Universities for Sustainable Development promoted "M’illumino di meno", National Day for Energy Saving and Sustainable Lifestyles launched by the Rai Radio2 Caterpillar program, which took place Friday, February 16.

Since 2005 - the year of the first edition of the initiative - much has changed. First of all, from 2022 "M'illumino di meno" is no longer just a campaign, but a National Day, a moment of celebration and reflection, a recurring opportunity to stop and consider whether the path taken is the right one towards ecological transition.

Above all, however, what really has changed are the tones and methods of discourse around the climate crisis. If in 2005 a true ecological transition could seem like another utopian project for humanity, by the end of 2023, this transition made its first appearance in the final agreement of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP28). Furthermore, since 2022, environmental issues have become part of the Italian Constitution, and since 2015, the international community has been participating in the ambitious project outlined by the United Nations' Agenda 2030.

Thus, in its 20th edition, "M'illumino di meno" broke the boundaries, and addressed everyone, with the intention of stimulating a dialogue that must be first and foremost international and pervasive. The theme of the 2024 edition, then, has been "No borders" - as its title says - because the environment we must defend - seas, oceans, forests, glaciers - has no borders, and likewise, humanity's action towards ecological transition must also know no borders.

In 2024, "M'illumino di meno" invited municipalities, schools, universities, and the entire community not only to act in their daily lives but above all to seek alliances and develop international projects, to "turn off the borders" and transcend them in the name of a concrete change of course.



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41 RUS universities participated to this 20th edition

#CAPIRE: i Cinque Atenei della Puglia Insieme per il Risparmio Energetico

The Apulian Universities also this year united to join “M'Illumino di Meno” and the “National Day of Energy Saving and Sustainable Lifestyles”. Throughout Puglia, from Lecce to Bari, from Casamassima to Foggia, the five Universities switched off all the lights of some of their symbolic buildings at the same time, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm on 16 February. The initiative is called #CAPIRE (an acronym for “i Cinque Atenei della Puglia Insieme per il Risparmio Energetico”).

Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali "Guido Carli" - M'Illumino di Meno

The University participated in M'illumino di Meno by turning off from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. all the non-essential lights, including those on the facades of the Athenaeum's buildings. This was a symbolic gesture that reflects the University's ongoing commitment to sustainability, recognized globally by the 15th rank in the World University GreenMetric. Each of us can contribute to this goal with simple everyday gestures. Start with our Best Practices!

Politecnico di Milano - M'illumino di meno 2024

Politecnico di Milano joined M'illumino di meno by symbolically turning off the lights of the Rectorate from 6 PM to 8 PM. This participation served as a reminder of the commitment to achieving the energy-saving targets of the Strategic Sustainability Plan 2023-2025. In 2023, Politecnico reduced its electricity consumption by 8% and natural gas consumption by 15%, thanks to the technological renovation of its facilities, management solutions for energy-saving, and the vigilant behavior of its entire community.

Politecnico di Torino - M'illumino di meno 2024

The Politecnico di Torino participated in M'illumino di meno 2024 by fully embracing the theme "No borders" and involving numerous foreign universities in Albania, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Colombia. However, alliances were also created within the city context, by means of a collective performance by the university's Polietnico choir and the G. Verdi Conservatory of Turin, demonstrating the shared commitment to promoting change for a more sustainable future.

Sapienza Università di Roma - M'illumino di meno 2024

As part of of "M'illumino di Meno", throughout February 16, the University of Rome Sapienza joined the initiative by turning off the lights of the facade of the Rectorate and the propylaea at the "Città Universitaria", and of the facades of the external offices of the Faculties of Sapienza. Sapienza intends to raise awareness among University community staff and citizens about more responsible energy consumption and the adoption of sustainability practices.

Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna - M'illumino di meno 2024

On February 16, at 6.15 pm, the Sant'Anna School of Pisa participated in M'illumino di meno 2024 through the symbolic switching off of the lighting of the offices in Piazza Martiri della Libertà. The lights of the Headquarters (external facade and Cloister of San Gerolamo) and of Palazzo Alliata were turned off. The shutdown had the aim of raising awareness among the academic community and the city of the importance of a more responsible and sustainable energy consumption.

UnitelmaSapienza Università di Roma - M'illumino di meno 2023

On February 16th at 6 pm UnitelmaSapienza symbolically turned off the lights of its building. Subsequently, the University participated with their photos in the collage which will be published on the RUS website on the page dedicated to the initiative, to highlight the commitment and support of the Universities.

Università Ca' Foscari Venezia - Low impact dinner

Ca' Foscari, in collaboration with ESU - the Regional Entity for Student Financial Aid and Services, organized a low impact dinner on the evening of Friday, February 16. The dinner took place at the Rio Novo cafeteria with a special "green" menu dedicated to international students and Ca' Foscari students who have returned from abroad.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - M'illumino di meno (1)

At the Milan Campus, the lighting in the common areas of the Edificio Monumentale was reduced through the adjustment of the systems and partial shutdown of circuits from 5 PM until 10 PM. After that time, the total shutdown of the building occured until the following day. Additionally, there was a total shutdown of the lights in the Courtyard of Honor. Nighttime shutdown was advanced for various buildings in the Gemelli Campus starting from 10 PM instead of 12 AM.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - M'illumino di meno (2)

The modulation of schedules and shutdown of lighting systems was carried out in compliance with safety regulations, ensuring the performance of institutional activities, and considering the presence of teachers and students for educational activities during evening hours. At the Brescia Campus, where a sustainable lighting system is active, all lights were turned off at the close of buildings every day, in accordance with safety standards.

Università degli Studi "G. D'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara - M'illumino di meno

On the occasion of the National Day for ENERGY SAVING and Sustainable Lifestyles on 16 February 2024, the Gabriele d'Annunzio University of Chieti- Pescara reduced the temperature on the two campuses of Chieti Scalo and Pescara by one degree during the day.

Università degli Studi dell'Aquila - M'Illumino di Meno

The actions promoted by UnivAQ for the 2024 edition consisted of turning off the lights of Palazzo Camponeschi, home of the Rectorate, the Roio University campus and the Ernesto Pontieri building, home of the Department of Human Sciences.


Università degli Studi dell'Insubria - M'Illumino di meno 2024 (1)

The Università degli Studi dell'Insubria organised many different initiatives for M'illumino di meno. All the lights of the rectorate headquarters in via Ravasi in Varese and of the Cubo in via Valleggio in Como were turned off at 6pm for one hour on Friday 16 February. The university also committed to replace the fluorescent lights of all the offices with LED lights: the intervention has already been carried out in the Lanzavecchia Pavilion, on the Bizzozero Campus.

Università degli Studi dell'Insubria - M'Illumino di meno 2024 (2)

Responding to the 2024 edition's theme, «No borders», a video testimony was shared by Gabriele Carugati, the Insubria technician who heads the "wintering" team of the Concordia Station at the South Pole, who talked about sustainability, how he was preparing to the total darkness from May on and what daily energy saving actions can be carried out in a scientific station in Antarctica.

Università degli Studi dell'Insubria - M'Illumino di meno 2024 (3)

On February 16 in the university residences of the Santa Teresa College in Como and the City Hotel in Varese, Meit, the manager of the two facilities, organized a happy hour with a candlelit buffet at 6.30 pm. Also at the Collegio Cattaneo in Varese a candlelit aperitif was offered to all guests by the manager Mapi, a symbolic moment of sustainability and sharing.

Università degli Studi di Brescia - M'Illumino di Meno con UNITA

The University of Brescia, with its participation in the UNITA – Universitas Montium project, shared this day beyond the Italian borders with the project partners: University of Turin, Savoy Mont Blanc University, University of Zaragoza, University of Transylvania in Brasov, West University of Timisoara, Istituto Politécnico da Guarda, University of Beira Interior. During the "M'illumino di Meno" energy saving tips for homes and offices were shared.

Università degli Studi di Cagliari - In Facoltà senza auto

On Friday, February 16 the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Cagliari invited all those who frequent the Faculty spaces to give up the car and reach the faculty on foot, by bicycle, using public transportation, shared mobility or any other sustainable modes of transportation. The anonymous completion of a form allowed participants to indicate the distance travelled and the means of transportation utilized, allowing quantification in terms of energy savings and emissions saved.

Università degli Studi di Cagliari - Let's turn off the Rector's Palace to monitor energy consumption

On February 16 the Rector's Palace's lights were shut off, like every Friday since last June, and the staff was able to work either in smart working or by going to other University offices, in order to allow the completion of the ongoing monitoring for the the purpose of carrying out a comparison of the energy consumption of the period under observation with the same kind of data from the previous year, allowing the implementation of an energy saving model.

Università degli Studi di Camerino - M'illumino di meno

On the occasion of M'illumino di meno on February 16, 2024, UniCam organized a contest aimed at rewarding the best virtuous behaviors within its community. The top 5 initiatives were rewarded with the UniCam Biodegradable Stationery Set.

Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale - EducAzione alla Pace: facciamo luce!

The University Committee for Sustainable Development (CASe) organized on Friday 16 February 2024, the event "Peace Education: let's shed light!" dedicated to "M'Illumino di Meno" "National Day of Energy Saving and Sustainable Lifestyles".

Università degli Studi di Catania - M'Illumino di meno 2024

On February 16th, from 9pm onwards the University of Catania symbolically switched off its historic headquarters in Piazza Università and the Benedictine Monastery. Furthermore, the University Museum System contributed with "M'illumino di Sapere", a project where visitors went on guided tours with the sole aid of electric torches. In accordance with the 2024 edition's theme, the University also invited foreign universities and companies accredited with the Career Service system to participate.

Università degli Studi di Firenze - M'illumino di meno 2024

On the occasion of M'illumino di meno, during the 7.30-8.00 p.m. time slot, the lights on the façade of the Rectorate (Piazza San Marco, 4) were switched off, in respect to the safety of the adjacent areas. On the same day, a communication was sent to the entire academic community reminding them of the importance of adopting careful and responsible behaviour to reduce energy consumption, and at the same time a video was spread on institutional channels on the installation of jet-breaker devices on the UniFi premises.

Università degli Studi di Foggia - M'illumino di meno UNIFG

Friday, February 16 the university facilities closed an hour early and the shutdown of lights and unnecessary equipment was performed.

Università degli Studi di Messina - Turning off the lights of the headquarters' facade

On the evening of February 16th, the University of Messina turned off the lights on the facade of the University's headquarters. A symbolic gesture with the aim of raising awareness and making the academic community and citizens reflect on the importance of behaviors that promote sustainability.

Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca - M'illumino di meno

For M'illumino di meno 2024, the University of Milano-Bicocca involved the Eurasian National University and the University of Tirana. On February 16 at 6:15 p.m. the university community was invited to turn off the lights in their offices. The lights of two of the main buildings of the University were also turned off completely with the projection on one of the external walls of the logo of the initiative. The institutions involved also turned off the lights in their offices around 6-6:30 p.m. local time.

Università degli studi di Napoli Parthenope - M'illumino di meno

Parthenope University joined the campaign "M'illumino di meno", promoted by Caterpillar and Rai Radio 2, on 16 February 2024. The University switched off the lighting of the headquarters, the historic heart of the University, and of Palazzo Pacanowski from 18.00 and until 18.30. The University invited all of its community to participate at the initiative by making a symbolic act that reflects the University’s constant commitment to sustainability and energy saving.

Università degli Studi di Padova - M'illumino di meno 2024

On Feb. 16, starting at 6 p.m., the University of Padua turned off the lights in the historic headquarters of Palazzo del Bo and in Palazzo Storione. It's also worth mentioning the usual in-depth meeting, to find out together what actions the University put in place to save energy. The invitation to join the initiative was also sent to some of our external partner universities, specifically, the universities of Cambridge, Paris Sorbonne 1, Oxford, Salamanca, and the universities of the Arqus Alliance.

Università degli Studi di Palermo - Transizione energetica e decarbonizzazione: esperienze nell'Università di Palermo

A seminar was held on February 16, in the Steri Monumental complex in Piazza Marina 61 in Palermo, during which the experiences of the University relating to the energy transition and decarbonisation processes were presented. During the seminar, some projects in the energy field that the University is developing were also illustrated, within Extended Partnerships and the Sustainable Mobility Centre, as part of the PNRR.

Università degli Studi di Parma - M'illumino di meno 2024

In 2024 too, on February 16th, the University of Parma participated to "M'illlumino di meno", the National Day of Energy Saving and Sustainable Lifestyles. The initiative is created and promoted by Rai Radio2 with the "Caterpillar" program. On February 16th from 5 pm all lights were turned off in various University locations. The initiative is sponsored by the RUS Network.

Università degli Studi di Pavia - M'Illumino di meno 2024

The University joined M'illumino di meno with the Instagram challenge #milluminodimenounipv, in which the entire academic community is asked to publish stories or reels of 15 seconds, tagging @unipavia, while turning off the lights in study rooms, offices and homes. The 3 most original videos were awarded with sustainable freebies. Furthermore, on February 16th from 6.00 pm the lights of the New Pharmaceutical Sciences hub, the Green Tech House and the Art Library were symbolically turned off.

Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata" - Book Swap

On February 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the university community took part in the "Book Swap" organized at the Vilfredo Pareto Library of the Faculty of Economics. The initiative aimed to encourage the reuse of the object that par excellence allows us to go beyond our boundaries, namely the book.

Università degli Studi di Torino - How much C02 does UniTO emit?

On February 16, the University of Turin's UniToGO Green Office, through the Energy and Climate Change WG and the Adaptation and Mitigation Plans Coordination, organized a seminar at the Luigi Einaudi Campus to present the results of the University of Turin's CO2 Emissions Inventory (2022), a document that calculates and monitors the climate-altering emissions produced annually by the University. The open meeting aimed to discuss the University's energy and climate initiatives and will also be accessible online.

Università degli Studi di Torino - UniTO & UNITA 4 M'Illumino di Meno 2024

On February 16, the University of Turin switched off the Rector's Palace together with 7 other European universities, partners of the UNITA Alliance, for a total of 65 buildings switched off. The Università degli Studi di Brescia, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Universidad de Zaragoza, Universidade da Beira Interior, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, Transilvania University of Brasov and West University of Timisoara participated, involving a university community of more than 200,000 people.

Università degli Studi di Trento - #soloquantoserve

“We take care of UniTrento, we take care of the environment. #ReduceYourUse”. The University of Trento launched an awareness-raising campaign aimed at those who attend university facilities every day. Small stickers with the hashtag #ReduceYourUse have been placed in offices, lecture halls, study rooms, lifts and common areas as a reminder about saving resources. Everyone can participate by sending suggestions to the UniTrento Green Office: unitrento-sostenibile@unitn.it.

Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo - M'illumino di meno 2024

The University of Urbino Carlo Bo went beyond the usual symbolic act of turning off the lights at Palazzo Bonaventura, from 6:00 PM on February 16. Indeed, in line with the "No Borders" edition, the University invited partner universities of the Qn European Alliance to join the event by turning off the lighting of their respective academic venues to share this symbolic gesture and to raise awareness of the importance of global energy saving.

Università degli Studi di Verona - Pensa Green: Campagna di UNIVR per il risparmio energetico

A few years ago, the University of Verona launched an awareness campaign on energy saving called "Think Green". Joining the M'Illumino di meno initiative is one of the activities planned by the project.

Università degli Studi Link - M'illumino di meno se...

The Link University joined "M’illumino di meno" by launching the challenge "M'illumino di meno se..." on the university's Instagram profile. The challenge began on February 16th and aimed to invite the community to share concrete and creative actions to reduce energy consumption and promote environmental sustainability. The content was shared using the hashtags #milluminodimeno #milluminodimenolink.

Università degli Studi Roma Tre - M'illumino di meno

Roma Tre, carrying on and believing in the principles of environmental sustainability, has decided to enthusiastically join this important initiative and turned off, starting at 18:00, various buildings pertaining to the offices of the central administration and the Departments of Roma Tre. In addition, the University spread the initiative on all of its social media accounts and on its Youtube channel, inviting the entire academic community to participate in turning off the lights.

Università del Piemonte Orientale - M'illumino di meno 2024

On 16 February, the University took part in M'illumino di Meno by switching off all non-essential lights from the afternoon onwards, including the buindings of the University Campus sited in Novara. This was a symbolic gesture that reflects the commitment to promoting sustainable behaviour and life-styles.

Università del Salento - Educazione Energetica: L'importanza del fattore umano nei processi di transizione per la sostenibilità

A public meeting organised by the University's Interdisciplinary Sustainability Committee, with ENEA, CNR, Kyoto Club, Schneider Electric, and schools, to emphasize the importance of "energy education": in order to change an unsustainable energy paradigm, action must be taken also on the "immaterial" front of human, individual and collective, private and public, behaviour.

Università del Salento - SOBENE: 50 eco-suggerimenti per la sobrietà energetica

“SOBENE" (acronym for "SOBrietà ENErgetica") is an awareness-raising campaign. Based on the best practices of Italian and foreign universities and various public institutions, the University's Interdisciplinary Sustainability Committee has drawn up "50 eco-recommendations for energy sobriety", indicating simple and concrete gestures that can be practised in everyday life at the university, but are useful for everyone to orient the behaviour outside the university as well.

Università di Pisa - M'Illumino di meno 2024

The University of Pisa joined M'Illumino di meno 2024 by turning off all the lights of the Rectorate, the central administrative headquarters of Palazzo Vitelli and the La Sapienza building from 6.15pm for 5 minutes. The action was simultaneous and coordinated with the Scuola Normale Superiore, the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and with the Municipality of Pisa.

Università Iuav di Venezia - 15 minutes of energetic silence

The Iuav University invited all of its community to join in a symbolic 15 minutes of power shutdown from 6 p.m. to 6.15 p.m., switching off lights and unnecessary electrical devices.

Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria - M'illumino di meno 2024

Friday, February 16th, the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria turned off the lights of the Rectorate from 18.30 to 22.30, a symbolic gesture to address the academic community towards the issue of reduction of electricity consumption. It is the will of the University to implement strategies to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, in order to improve the energy and environmental performance.

Università per Stranieri di Siena - Spegnere i confini, insieme

The theme "No Borders" was particularly fitting for the mission of UniStraSi. During February 16th, in connection with the Kookmin University, the Ewha Womans University of Seoul, and the Busan University of Foreign Studies, the University invited to reflect on the small sustainable gestures, through graphic installations and active participation in awareness-raising proposals. Thus, the attempt was that of mapping the spaces of environmental awareness, easily attributable to a single terrestrial community, without borders.