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Lasell Saves Energy One Light at a Time

March 29, 2011

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Lasell College recently introduced its Green Lights Program - a light bulb exchange program for staff, faculty and students designed to lower electricity usage at the College.

The program, run by student Eco-Reps from the Center for Community-Based Learning, will exchange generic light bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, also known as CFLs. The goal is to provide participants across campus with better quality lighting, reduce the amount of greenhouse gas Lasell emits, and further educate students, faculty and staff on how this small step can greatly contribute to improving our environment.

To introduce the Green Lights Program to the Lasell community, Eco-reps bring to each office/room on campus a light meter, a light box with samples of different color CFL light bulbs, an iPad to calculate the dollar savings by switching bulbs, and free CLF light bulbs to replace the less efficient ones.

"We are extremely excited about our innovative and unique GreenLights program. It is a wonderful partnership between Plant Operations, our student Eco-Reps, the Center for Community-Based Learning, and of course, all of the students, faculty, and staff that decide to participate in the program," said Marc Fournier, Assistant Director for Plant Operations and Sustainability at Lasell College.

According to Fournier, the Lasell Green Lights Program enables Lasell to implement the goals of American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which President Michael B. Alexander has signed, and simultaneously reduces electrical energy use, saves money, and helps mitigate climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

"It's a huge win for the environment and the College," said Fournier.

During each visit, Lasell's Eco-Reps will also discuss other measures faculty, staff and students can take to save energy. To book an appointment with Lasell's Eco-Reps, contact Amy Greene at agreene@lasell.edu.

Read about other sustainability efforts at Lasell College.

- By Emmalyn Anderson

 

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