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Rooms To Go Completes LED Lighting Conversion Project

Leading Furniture Retailer Finds Significant Cost and Energy Savings by Converting to LED Lighting

Rooms To Go, America's #1 independent furniture company, has recently completed an effort initiated in 2010 to convert 115 of its retail stores to LED lighting. The switch to energy efficient 16-18 watt LED track lamps from the 60 watt halogen track lamps previously in use by the retailer has resulted in an average overall store energy savings of 35-45 percent with a project investment payback in less than 12 months.

In addition to the significant reduction in energy usage from the switch to LED lighting alone, Rooms To Go has also been able to further reduce energy consumption by selecting a wider optical beam-spread for the LED lamps, using a 25 degree angle instead of the 12 degree angle employed for the halogen lamps. This change has not only provided a more even lighting effect but has allowed Rooms To Go to decrease the number of lamps per store by as much as 10 percent, resulting in further energy savings. And since the LED lamps produce less heat, a decrease in air-conditioning demand has contributed to increased energy efficiency as well.


UL Environment Releases Second Edition of its EcoLogo® Standard for Sustainability for Toys

First Environmental Toy Standard Revised With Input from the Toy Industry Association

UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), launched today its revised EcoLogo Standard for Sustainability for Toys: CCD 172, which establishes a points-based model for the evaluation of performance, and recognizes manufacturers for sustainability leadership and true innovation with the addition of a Platinum level certification for the highest achievement.

The standard, originally released in 2012, is a third-party, lifecycle-based, environmental performance standard designed to reduce environmental and human health impacts of toys by specifying criteria for: chemicals, recycled and recyclable materials, sustainably sourced materials, reduced energy use, and minimized pollution generated by the production, use, and disposal of toy products and their packaging. Products that achieve certification to this standard will earn the right to carry UL Environment's EcoLogo certification mark.             


ARC Names Jane Hayse Director of Center for Livable Communities

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has selected Jane Hayse to direct its new Center for Livable Communities. She will lead and coordinate efforts among four divisions of metro Atlanta’s regional planning agency: Community Development, Natural Resources, Research & Analytics and Transportation Accessibility & Mobility.


JPMorgan Chase and Brookings Institution Bring Global Cities Initiative to Atlanta to Discuss Region’s Global Economic Prospects

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to Announce New Metropolitan Export Plan on March 20


Metro Atlanta business and civic leaders will gather on Wednesday, March 20 for a dynamic discussion focused on creating new city-to-city partnerships to help businesses grow in Atlanta and strengthen the region’s global competitiveness.  The forum will take place at the Historic Academy of Medicine on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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