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Lighting Upgrades for Athletics Lots, Soccer Stadium, South Campus Indicate Another Step Toward a More Sustainable Future
Syracuse University continues its efforts to combat climate change and pursue its long-term goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. The University recently upgraded exterior lighting fixtures with more efficient and energy-saving LED lights in the Comstock Avenue and Colvin Street parking lots and SU Soccer Stadium, with additional outdoor lighting upgrades underway on South Campus.
These upgrades will lower power consumption, thereby reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, a direct contributor to a warming planet. The new lights will result in a total reduction of 68.09 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. This amount is equal to the estimated greenhouse gas emissions from more than 14 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven in one year or eight homes’ energy use in a single year.
With more efficient lighting in these areas, the University will save 640,213 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This is more than the amount of electricity the Hall of Languages building consumes in a year.
Because of the improved efficiency, the number of light bulbs needed for the soccer stadium was nearly cut in half. Previously, there were 74 metal halide fixtures installed but with the new LED bulbs, only 38 were needed to provide enough lighting. The lighting quality and uniformity are also improved on the field. The old lighting fixtures produced a variety of light levels while the new light levels are much more uniform, making it easier for players and fans to see.
“The addition of the LED lights to the soccer stadium are a great benefit to our student-athletes and fans to support the game environment,” says Morey Mossovitz, associate athletic director. “Additionally, these lights have enhanced our broadcast partner’s ability to capture the game so that ’Cuse fans all over the world can have an even better experience watching our men’s and women’s soccer teams.”
In the Comstock Avenue and Colvin Street parking lots and on South Campus, there were previously 700 lighting fixtures—but with the new LED, there will now be 678. The previous lights were high-pressure sodium fixtures using 250-watt bulbs, whereas the replacement bulbs only use 101 watts per bulb.
Another added benefit is improved lighting quality and color. The previous lighting had an orange hue while the new ones are brighter and whiter, making it easier to see at night, providing an added safety measure for students.
“These lighting upgrades will help us to advance the University’s climate action plan and reduce power consumption, all while providing more uniform lighting in these areas of campus,” says Jason Plumpton, assistant director of engineering, utilities and sustainability in Campus Planning, Design and Construction. “It is a win-win-win for the University, and members of the community can expect to see lighting upgrades across campus continue to help us meet our sustainability objectives.”
This is just one initiative the University is taking to curb climate change and work toward a more sustainable future. To learn more about sustainability efforts across the University, visit sustainability.syracuse.edu.