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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

NLPIP Receives EPA Environmental Quality Award
By Keith Toomey
EPA and NLPIP logos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has presented a 2006 U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award to the National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP).

The Environmental Quality Award is the highest recognition presented to the public by the U.S. EPA’s Region 2 (Northeast) office, according to Alan J. Steinberg, Regional EPA Administrator. In his letter announcing the award, Steinberg explained that award recipients come from many sectors of the community, including non-profit, environmental, and community groups, as well as individual citizens, environmental education and business organizations, and members of the news media. The award was presented at a special ceremony at EPA’s regional headquarters in New York City on April 21, 2006.

“We are very pleased to receive this important award,” said Peter Morante, director of energy programs at the Lighting Research Center. “It is a good sign that NLPIP is accomplishing its mission.”

The LRC established NLPIP in 1990. The program helps to reduce power plant emissions by assisting lighting professionals, contractors, designers, building managers, homeowners, and other consumers to find and effectively use efficient, quality lighting products that reduce energy consumption while meeting their needs.

NLPIP has disseminated more than one million copies of its reports nationwide. NLPIP reports are free to the public (in Adobe® PDF format), and provide objective, accurate, timely, manufacturer-specific information on energy-efficient lighting products.

Government agencies, public benefit organizations, and electric utilities support NLPIP. However, in order to maintain objectivity, the program does not accept support from manufacturers.

NLPIP is sponsored by the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research program (PIER), Iowa Energy Center, LRC, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Visit the NLPIP Web site to learn more.

About the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. Founded in 1988, the Lighting Research Center has built an international reputation as a trusted and reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. Its mission is to advance the effective use of light and create a positive legacy of change for society and the environment.

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