SWANER PRESERVE AND ECOCENTER IMPROVES UPON ORIGINAL LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING WITH LIGHTING RETROFIT
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah - March 20, 2018 - SuperGreen Solutions, with Summit Community Power Works (SCPW) has helped Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter through a first phase lighting upgrade of all incandescent lights.
The EcoCenter was completed in 2008, the first new building in Utah to receive a LEED Platinum rating. At the time, the recommendation for lighting was fluorescent and incandescent type bulbs. Over the past nearly 10 years technological advances have been made and now LEDs are the gold standard for energy efficiency. But when you are a nonprofit and need to retrofit an entire 10,000 square foot building, upfront costs can be a large barrier when funding is prioritized for programming and mission fulfilment.
Nell Larson, Executive Director of Swaner says, “Completing the switch to LEDs has been on our priority list for the EcoCenter for several years, especially now that new types of LED bulbs can meet the wide variety of applications we require. While we’ve made the upgrade in a few of our spaces, bit by bit, we haven’t been able to prioritize funding to complete the project. Thanks to awesome support from SuperGreen Solutions and SCPW, we’re well on our way. We aim to continue to be a model for energy efficiency and sustainability as technologies evolve; this partnership helps us stay on track to meet that goal.”
Enter SCPW, Summit County’s local energy nonprofit with a goal of improving economic vitality and the environment through efficient energy use. “As a nonprofit ourself, we know it can be hard to prioritize funds for capital improvements when the building and its systems, like lighting, are technically still working.” Says Erin Bragg, SCPW executive director, “The time for efficient energy use is now, waiting to make changes costs more money in the long run and continues current greenhouse gas emissions levels.”
SuperGreen Solutions, a Rocky Mountain Power certified lighting installer, LED expert and supply company, maintains a triple bottom line approach. Owner Franco Pedraza, wants more than to execute a lighting retrofit, he wants the client to understand how this choice is not only affecting their wallet but also reducing impact on the environment. Pedraza supplied the LED bulbs and installation for the first phase of lighting upgrades for Swaner at no cost, building upon the efforts of other local non profits like the National Ability Center, Kimball Art Center and Christian Center that also reduced their carbon footprint through LED lighting retrofits. “Advancing the mission of SCPW by reducing energy needs and being able to help a community asset like Swaner is a win win for everyone” says Pedraza.
Over the first year Swaner should see an 87% reduction to the lighitng portion of their electric bill and reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions yearly by 6 tons, which is equivalent to almost 15,300 passenger vehicle miles, or 478 trips from Park City to downtown Salt Lake City.
About Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is a non-profit 1,200 acre nature Preserve and a 10,000 square foot LEED Platinum building with interactive exhibits about the surrounding environment. We offer weekly nature tours, wildlife viewing opportunities, summer camps, environmental education for children and adults, evening lecture series, a gift shop with local and ecofriendly art. Visit the EcoCenter to learn more about our wetland ecosystem and the 10 miles of trails to explore! www.swanerecocenter.org
About Summit Community Power Works
Summit Community Power Works (SCPW) is a nonprofit hard at work in Summit County, UT inspiring efficient energy use through practical and innovative programs to improve economic vitality and the environment. SCPW is a fiscally sponsored project of the Park City Community Foundation. For more information, visit us on Facebook (facebook.com/SCPWorks) and Instagram (instagram.com/SCPWorks). You can also find more information on our website (www.scpw.org)
About SuperGreen Solutions
SuperGreen Solutions is a premiere advisor, supplier, and installer of commercial LED lighting solutions. LEDs use approximately 75% less energy than traditional lights and will save an estimated 60%-80% on the lighting aspect of your electric bill. LED lighting offers many benefits as an option to illuminate any space including, extended lifetime, low maintenance, low power consumption, increased brightness and low heat coefficient.