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FBetter Lighting for Better Project Flexibility
OR MANY COLLEGES AND and increasing lighting options in basic universities, the Lutron Vive classrooms, technology labs, lecture halls, wireless lighting control solution private offices, a culinary building and
offers clear advantages for energy saving, labor-reducing lighting retrofits. Because colleges often encompass multiple build- ings and campuses, they have a diverse set of lighting control requirements. Recently, Lutron Vive solutions were installed at Wisconsin’s Madison College to help save energy, improve lighting performance and enhance the learning environment.
The college is in the midst of an ongoing lighting upgrade in several buildings to re- duce energy costs, meet codes and enhance the flexibility and versatility of the lighting system. Stand-alone controls, installed
in many campus spaces, have delivered reliable, efficient performance, but looking forward, the Vive wireless scalable control system is reducing installation times
conference spaces. Using Vive wireless also makes design quick and simple, accom- modates changes easily, and helps keep the lighting retrofit within budget.
The Vive system is simple to understand, easy to design, easy to change and easy to manage remotely with the Vive software, creating an opportunity for the control sys- tem to have significant impact on electricity and maintenance costs. The Vive control software is another plus, making system changes quick and easy, with no additional wiring required, and no complex set up. All programming can be accomplished on any smart device with the Vive app.
Using Vive wireless systems, Lutron customers like Madison College can realize tremendous design and installation flex-
Madison College enjoyed several benefits when using Lutron lighting for a lighting upgrade. Lutron products helped offer the college design and installation flexibility and required no additional wiring or setup.
ibility on their projects. Scalability is often critical to achieving operational goals, which include balancing budgets while still delivering high-quality, reliable lighting control that works for today’s energy and code requirements, and will work for to- morrow’s too. Reducing energy use is good for the environment, the students and any project’s long-term success.
New Vehicles Aid in Safety and Sustainability Efforts
ON PENNSYLVANIA State University Park’s vast campus, Polaris GEM cars are transport-
ing passengers, hauling equipment and assisting with landscape management. With sustainable power sources, street legal status and small vehicle footprints, GEM vehicles are providing the perfect solution for Penn State’s transportation and maintenance needs.
A priority for the purchase was selecting a vehicle that could perform a minimum of eight hours on a single charge. GEM’s bat- tery options provide Penn State the ability to choose a battery system that does just that, without time wasted to recharge.
In addition to battery life, GEM pro- vides options and features comparable to a full size truck. The street-legal status of GEM eliminates the necessity of driving utility vehicles on sidewalks, enhancing
safety for pedestrians on campus.
Bruce Cifelli, Equipment Management and Services administrator at Penn State,
notes, “With more on-road vehicle systems, GEM is a strong performer.” In addition to GEM’s high quality compared to conven- tional trucks, its compact size sets it apart, allowing easy maneuverability between buildings and on pathways where large trucks simply can’t go.
In the business of campus maintenance, time is money. Vehicles must be at peak performance to maintain efficiency and get the work done. Cifelli notes, “We’ve seen much less maintenance on these vehicles. That means less down time.” The time and cost savings go directly to the bottom line, making electric vehicles the perfect addi- tion to a utility fleet.
When purchasing a utility vehicle, electric options have long been overlooked
Being able to perform for eight hours or more on a single charge is just one of the many ways in which the GEM car pro- motes sustainability at Penn State University Park’s campus.
because of concerns about reduced capac- ity. GEM is a testament to the power of an electric option. With long-range batteries, regenerative braking, payload and towing capacities and automotive style suspension, GEM accomplishes what a utility vehicle should in places a truck can’t. CPM

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