June 18, 2015
As part of its continued commitment to sustainability, The Morton Arboretum has completed an LED lighting upgrade throughout its buildings. This upgrade was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).
The goal of the upgrade is to reduce energy consumption, carbon footprint, and operating cost. Prior to the upgrade the Arboretum’s calculated annual energy consumption was 156,483 Kilowatt-hours. Upon completion of the upgrade the institution’s new calculated energy consumption will be 23,883 Kilowatt-hours, reducing energy consumption by 84 percent.
The Arboretum upgraded 463 fixtures containing incandescent, halogen, and quartz lamps to LED lamps. The upgraded fixtures are a variety of interior and exterior fixtures located in the Visitor Center, the Research Building, and in Thornhill Education Center. The upgrade maintained, and in many locations improved, the lighting quality throughout the three buildings.
About the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF)
The mission of the ICECF is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities all across Illinois.