Cree LED Lighting Installed in Multipurpose Room for Interactive Service Project at North Carolina Zoo

Cree helped upgrade the lighting of the North Carolina Zoo in a multipurpose room as part of teaching demonstration and interactive day of service. In honor of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service, the North Carolina Chapter of the USGBC installed LED lighting. The group collaborated with Cree to upgrade the lighting of a multipurpose room at the North Carolina Zoo.

Cree representative helps teach students about LED lighting while installing it in a multipurpose room at the North Carolina Zoo.

Cree representative helps teach students about LED lighting while installing it in a multipurpose room at the North Carolina Zoo.

During the day of service, local officials joined USGBC NC, Cree, and students in the Zoo’s Asheboro High School Science Program to install the new Cree LED lighting. They got to learn first-hand how LED technology can help make learning environments more energy-efficient.

“Where we learn matters. Green building improvements like better lighting can enhance the learning environment for our students and save energy. Green Apple Day of Service demonstrates our support of North Carolina’s students, educators and administrators by helping them achieve brighter spaces for education,” stated Emily Scofield, Executive Director of USGBC NC.

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In its fourth year, the Green Apple Day of Service aims to improve school environments through service projects, education, community events and more. The Green Apple of Service was started to help schools overcome a host of challenges such as lighting, indoor air quality and ventilation that can impact our children’s ability to learn. These issues may also compromise our children’s health and wellness, causing everything from headaches and asthma to concentration issues.
The Green Apple Day of Service unites and encourages advocates around the world to enhance their communities through service projects that improve the learning environment at local schools. The Day of Service, enables students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations, and companies to help transform all schools into safe, healthy, cost-efficient and productive learning places. More than a dozen Green Apple Day projects are planned in North Carolina for 2015.

Cree asserts that its high-quality LED lighting offers exceptional clarity and consistent full-spectrum illumination that can make schools a brighter place to learn, teach and work. At the same time, the LED lighting can reduce energy costs. The long useable lifetimes of LED luminaires reduces disruption from maintenance replacing short-lived fixtures.

NC Zoo Metal LEDs on left vrs. Metal Halide on right

NC Zoo Metal LEDs on left vrs. Metal Halide on right

“The Green Apple Day of Service is helping transform schools into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play while educating a new generation of consumers and leaders capable of driving global market transformation,” continued Scofield. “With the new Cree® LED lighting, students and all users of the NC Zoo multi-purpose room can experience first-hand the difference that better lighting can have on creating brighter learning environments.”