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DRBC Office Gets Greener with New LED Lighting

The DRBC office building is getting greener with the installation of new Luxrite LED light panels. The panels, purchased utilizing a rebate program from New Jersey's Clean Energy Program, will be piloted for installation in the building's kitchen and lunch room. The new technology uses significantly less energy than the current lighting, improves light color, and won't need to be replaced for well over a decade, benefiting the environment and the employee workspace, while also providing cost savings to the commission. The program was based upon a suggestion by former DRBC intern, Eric Wentz.

Piloting this new technology in the lunchroom is just one way the commission is working to make its office more energy efficient. The pilot program will evaluate the functionality of the LED retrofit, and, based on the results, the commission could move forward with an office-wide economic/energy savings analysis. Other environmentally-friendly improvements already implemented at DRBC's headquarters include motion sensors that automatically turn off lights in offices and meeting spaces not being used, a retrofit to the retention basin in the front of the building that helps reduce stormwater runoff, and enhanced recycling efforts. Green improvements at the office are small ways to make a difference, and more improvements will be explored and implemented based upon employee input.