Lehman Gives the Go Ahead to New ‘Green’ Lights

Brighter days lie ahead on campus—or at least more energy efficient ones. The installation of more than $140,000 in LED lighting tubes across the Lehman campus was recently completed, providing the college with the dual benefit of increasing energy efficiency and decreasing utility costs.

The multiphase retrofit project began in 2010 with the goal of replacing florescent lamps to reduce energy use, according to Rene Rotolo, the assistant vice president for  campus planning and facilities. The contract for the project was awarded to Revolution Lighting Technologies, a Stamford Connecticut based advanced LED lighting technology solution company. The company promises that its lighting is 60 percent more powerful than fluorescent lamps. “This was something Lehman developed as a program, part of the college’s sustainability goals and also to save energy and costs,” said Rotolo. “The money saved has been spent each year on the program and also been put into improving the facilities.”

In the first phase of the project, lighting was replaced in the school’s tunnels and then expanded to the stairwells. This year, LED lighting lamps have been installed in Carman Hall and in the Academic IT Center. Rotolo says that the new lamps have generated many compliments about the natural lighting and added brightness in the buildings’ corridors. “Revolution Lighting allows us to stay ahead of the market in terms of technology adaptation, capitalizing on their premier customer service and industry leading knowledge -and high quality LED solutions to maximize our efficiency goals,” Rotolo said. “It also provides superior light quality for our students. We look forward to continuing our efforts to become a more sustainable and energy efficient institution while providing a healthy working environment.”

Revolution Lighting has also completed LED retrofit projects at Iona College and Johnson and Wales University.

The lighting retrofit is another step in the College’s green evolution. In 2013, the new Science Hall earned a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum certification from the U.S Green Building Council, the first CUNY building to be awarded the ultimate green building ranking. Last year, City Tech’s new academic building in Downtown Brooklyn was awarded a LEED Silver certification.

In the U.S., buildings consume about 41 percent of the nation’s total energy use according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (EIA) In cities such as New York and Chicago that figure surpasses 70 percent, according to a recent story published in The Harvard Business Review. Energy use is primarily measured through lighting, heating, air conditioning and elevators, among other factors.