Saint Rose has replaced incandescent, high-pressure sodium, mercury vapor, and fluorescent tubes with LED lighting – more than 2,000 lights in parking lots, classrooms, residence halls, gathering spaces, and athletics facilities.
Providing the same – or more – light, the new technology has reduced energy usage 222,607 kilowatt hours in a year. That’s equivalent to planting 206 acres of forest or removing 173 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s calculator.
“These LED bulbs will last over 20,000 hours, or the equivalent of 10-plus years, whereas the bulbs before would have to be changed, in some cases, every year,” said Gary Goss Jr., the College’s associate vice president for facilities operations, projects, and services. “We are also reducing our waste stream. These lamps had to be disposed of after use.”
The commitment to reducing our carbon footprint is so impressive that Big Shine Energy, our LED lighting supplier, gave the College its 2020 Sustainability Award. Other awardees included Starbucks, Sysco, and Kawasaki. More about the honor here.
Pictured above, from left to right, Gary Goss Jr. with Paul Serafini, facilities maintenance manager.