LED lights shine on “Word of Life” mural

first_imgLast Spring, the popular “Word of Life” mural on the south side of Hesburgh Library was updated with new energy-efficient LED lights, said Paul Kempf, director of Utilities at Notre Dame. new lighting is part of the $10 million Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) project, begun in 2008 to support conservation initiatives, Kempf said. “[The ECM project] has had two phases … The second phase has been very focused on lighting,” Kempf said. “We’ve basically gone through all of campus with an eye towards replacing incandescent light bulbs … and large-diameter fluorescent light bulbs. We’ve upgraded almost 80 buildings on campus with new lighting technology.” The mural, originally illuminated with outdated mercury vapor lighting, also visually benefits from the new lighting provided by LED technology, Kempf said. “The LEDs give better uniformity than [the mural] had before, as far as how it illuminates the whole mural, and you get a better color rendering,” Kempf said, “The LED lighting is more akin to natural lighting and you see truer colors.” Kempf said another ongoing sustainability project involves updating the “sight lights” that illuminate the sidewalks and roads on campus, which also benefit from LED technology. “The LED also has a great advantage — that it’s a light that you can shape and direct much more than you can the older sources … We’re lighting the ground instead of lighting the sky and there’s less glare … less light pollution,” Kempf said. Energy savings from the use of LED lights also benefits the University financially, Kempf said. “It has a cost benefit to the University,” he said. “It has allowed the University to take the savings we’ve generated and actually roll it right back into the program and let us keep doing more and more by reinvesting in [the ECM project]. And that’s a logical approach to conservation or sustainability, to do the things that have an economic payback first.” Heather Christophersen, director of Sustainability at Notre Dame, said she also supports these new energy-efficient transitions. “The new lights save energy, which causes us to produce less carbon, which is one of our major goals — to reduce the carbon footprint of campus,” Christophersen said. Christophersen said she would like to see other campus icons receive sustainable lighting updates in the near future. “It would be really cool to change the lighting on the Dome to LED lights to make it, at night, have less of a green color and more true,” Christophersen said. The LED lights for the mural were a donation from Musco Lighting, with whom the University has had a long-time partnership in lighting campus locations, Christophersen said. Christophersen said she also hopes the new mural lighting will have an impact that reaches farther than the boundaries of campus. “I think changing to these more efficient types of lights on such a visible campus landmark that so many people know about and look at, it will help hopefully remind people how they can save energy in their own lives,” Christophersen said.last_img read more

Low-pressure system could become first storm

first_imgNewsRegional Low-pressure system could become first storm by: – June 7, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! 9 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet KINGSTON, Jamaica – A broad low-pressure system about 150 miles southwest of Jamaica has some potential to become the first storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, but even before it reaches that stage, the rains it’s producing have caused major flooding in two Caribbean islands and resulted in the death of one man.The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said this morning that there was a 40 percent chance of the system developing into a tropical cyclone by tomorrow.A hurricane hunter is scheduled to investigate the system tomorrow.“Regardless of development (of the system), heavy rains could cause flash floods and mudslides over portions of Haiti and Jamaica as the system moves slowly towards the northwest or north over the next couple of days,” the NHC said.The two countries have already been getting heavy rains associated with the low-pressure system.One death so farThere was flooding across Jamaica yesterday, with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) reporting a suspected drowning at Bob Marley Beach, Nine Miles Bull Bay. The victim was one of two men in a fishing boat trapped by the flood waters. The other man was rescued and taken to hospital.Several communities were also marooned by the flood waters.The Meteorological Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood prone areas of St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, St Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St Andrew. A statement from the ODPEM said the Ministry of Labour and Social and Security has been placed on standby in the event the rains persist into today and tomorrow.Over in Haiti, the government and international aid groups evacuated 56 families from flooded areas after the country’s largest lake, Lake Azuei, overflowed from days of heavy rains.The Associated Press quoted an official with Haiti’s Civil Protection Department, Nadia Lochard, as reporting that several other families chose to stay in their flooded communities because they either feared their possessions would be stolen or they needed to tend to livestock. President Michel Martelly visited the flooded areas.Caribbean 360 News Sharelast_img read more

Southeastern Career Center Hosts Open House, Career Fair

first_imgVERSAILLES – Students and parents are invited to attend an open house and career fair at the Southeastern Career Center Wednesday.The open house provides an opportunity for parents to tour classrooms and meet with teachers.A career fair gives students and parents a chance to meet with representatives from colleges and local industry.The open house and career fair s from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.last_img