Schools / Universities

The U.S. Energy Efficient Lighting Fund partners with schools and universities to improve budgets, lighting quality and environmental stewardship by providing the capital and expertise for energy efficient lighting installations. Educational institutions are under increasing pressure to reduce budgets while being stewards of the environment and setting a standard of sustain-ability for their students and staff. Balancing these demands requires a multi-faceted approach, which can be demanding for overburdened staff and often involves unchartered territory in dealing with a complex set of issues and questions, such as:
  • What impact will this have on the budget both in the short and long term?
  • How do we pay for the program and what impact will it have on the ability to borrow in the future for other needs?
  • What sort of positive lifecycle environmental impact will energy efficiency lighting
  • How do we ensure that we are installing the right lighting technology and product?
  • How will it impact the aesthetics of our organization?
  • What additional controls like dimming, safety flashing and other central controls are possible?

The Fund's lighting program answers and provides solutions for each of these questions in an integrated fashion. The Fund program furnishes capital, creativity and expertise while working closely with school officials to:  

  • Reduce annual operating budgets through energy savings, reduced installation and maintenance expenses.
  • Provide the upfront capital to pay for large or small scale lighting installations/retrofits without impacting the ability to borrow in the future. No more inefficient piecemeal or staggered purchases / installations of equipment. 
  • Provide freedom to choose which manufacturer/brand/type of product to install from a wide selection of lighting products from multiple manufacturers whose products’ quality and longevity meet the Fund's financial underwriting criteria and technical review. This approach maintains product choice for an accepted Fund participant, but ensures that it is working only with proven products and technology.
  • Provide better, more reliable and safer lighting environments for students, teachers and staff.
  • Significantly lower greenhouse gases and pollution.
  • Enable the organization to participate in the process and be recognized for adopting progressive sustainable energy and green technology policies.
  • Provide more efficient pricing by purchasing equipment in larger volumes.
  • Identify additional supplemental funding sources, including grants, rebates and other incentive programs.  The Fund program staff can even assist with writing grant proposals and other opportunities.
  • Provide an efficient process through a turn-key solution.

The Program is now accepting and reviewing applications from schools and universities on a rolling admission basis. To fill out an application, please click on the following link.
Funding Application