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CSULB Honored For Lighting Design and Retrofit

Published: May 16, 2011

The California Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership has selected CSULB as winner of the Best Practice Award for Lighting Design and Retrofit. This award program highlights the achievements of California State University, University of California and California Community College campuses have made through innovative and effective energy-efficiency projects and sustainable design.

CSULB’s award-winning “Campus-wide Lighting Retrofit” project was implemented over two years and involved lighting energy-efficiency measures in 24 buildings which included upgrading existing lighting fixtures and controls to improve efficiency and to reduce campus electrical energy cost.

“This project is just one of many initiatives that we are pursuing to make CSULB a more sustainable campus. The results will not only reduce our energy cost but will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use,” said Paul Wingco, Energy and Sustainability Manager in CSULB’s Physical Planning and Facilities Management.

Specific measures included motion-controlled stairwell lighting, replacing inefficient T12 and HPS lamps with new energy-efficient direct/indirect fixtures with T8, T5, and compact fluorescent lamps, digital control systems, motion sensors, and replacing low-quality amber light sources with energy-efficient white light sources for building exterior.

Overall, these measures will save the campus more than 600,000 kWh in electricity use resulting in associated cost savings of $72,000 per year. With more than $160,000 worth of incentives from the Energy Efficiency Partnership program with Southern California Edison, the net project cost was reduced to $501,000.

“The success of this project is a product of hard work, dedication and collaborative effort of Physical Planning and Facilities Management’s professional staff,” added Wingco, “and the project would not have been possible without the coordination and cooperation from campus departments.”

The Best Practice Award for Lighting Design and Retrofit will be presented to CSULB at the 2011 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference awards banquet on July 11. The annual conference, this year hosted by CSULB July 10-14, brings together all public California universities and colleges to share sustainable best practices.