Project Title: Lighting the Way to Sustainability
Project Timeline: Approximately 2 years
- Plan out how many lights need to be replaced
- Research companies with best options for motion sensor lights
- Contact company that deals with the University’s electrical system
- Replace lights mostly during the summer when less students are present, to not interfere with classes.
The amount of electricity a college campus wastes every year is tremendous. Most of the fault can go towards unnecessary and excessive use of lighting. Motion sensing lights that use occupancy sensors could replace the regular light fixtures in classrooms in order to create a more sustainable learning environment. Doing so will cut down on the lighting usage in unoccupied classrooms and this will reduce the costs the University spends on electricity. Essentially, this will also shrink UIC’s carbon footprint and decrease carbon emissions. This extra money saved can be used to fund other projects for UIC. Installing these energy efficient lights will definitely aid the University to achieve LEED certification.
Each light costs around $50. The University of Illinois at Chicago has approximately 200 classrooms so the cost would be around $10,000. Even though it might be pricey to install the motion sensor lights, the amount saved later on will be greater.