Chapel Hill, N.C. has joined Cree’s LED City initiative, an international program to promote and deploy energy-efficient LED lighting, according to a recent press release.
Chapel Hill, home to the University of North Carolina, recently installed LED streetlights along the high-profile 100 block of Franklin Street, one of the town’s most recognizable landmarks. Specifically, the town is engaging in a 12-month pilot program which will include replacing 10 conventional streetlights with LED fixtures as well as solitciting feedback from residents regarding the quality of lighting. Expected energy savings is projected at 50 percent or more.
“Joining Cree’s LED City initiative is an important part of Chapel Hill’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and becoming a fully sustainable community,” Mayor Kevin Foy said. “By replacing low-pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs, Chapel Hill can reduce energy consumption for street lighting, which we hope will positively impact our budget as well as our carbon emissions.”
Chapel Hill has also committed to a number of additional environmentally-friendly initiatives. For instance, the town has set an aggressive goal of reducing carbon emissions by 60 percent below 2005 levels, by 2050. The Chapel Hill transit system became fare free in 2001, and this year it will respond to increased ridership with the addition of 11 new hybrid electric buses.
Additional information about the LED City program can be found at www.ledcity.org.