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LED Lighting in the Athletic Fitness Center

In an effort from Vassar College to reduce the amount of energy consumed, a new energy efficient LED light system has been installed in the Athletic Fitness Center. The AFC was completed in 2000 and houses a basketball gym, an indoor running track, a weight training and cardiovascular facility, laundry rooms, and administrative offices.

The new LED lights are expected to pay themselves back within two years due to the reduced cost of maintenance and the lowered energy usage. The lights are also expected to last up to twenty years before needing to be replaced.

The new lights have been installed everywhere in the AFC and Michelle Walsh, the director of Athletics and Physical Education, stated, “We are very pleased with the impact of this project in the AFC and Walker. The quality of the lighting has been improved in many of our spaces, most notably in the pool area, leading to a better user experience for our student-athletes and other members of the Vassar College community.”

The offset carbon emissions due to the lowered energy usage are equivalent to consuming 26,000 gallons of gas or 241,000 pounds of coal. To offset the equivalent amount of carbon would require 5,839 tree seedlings to grow for 10 years. To this Michelle Walsh said, “It is satisfying to know that this improved experience is coupled with a significant increase in energy efficiency along with a reduction in overall costs for the college. Overall, a very positive outcome from this project.”

The LED light system was an effort from the Sustainability Office and Vassar College to meet the college’s policy to reduce energy consumption with ultimate goal of reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2030.

Rachel Strout ‘20, Sustainability Intern