As part of the U.S. Energy Department’s commitment to helping U.S. businesses save money by saving energy, the Department’s Better Buildings Alliance is supporting the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign. More than 100 U.S. businesses and organizations have participated in the campaign and plan to or have already installed energy efficient lighting in their parking lots and garages, including Manheim Pennsylvania.
On April 15, the Energy Department joined LEEP to recognize 12 organizations that are leading the way in efficient parking lot and parking garage lighting. Manheim Pennsylvania Vice President and General Manager Julie Picard accepted the “Highest Absolute Annual Energy Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Area” award given to Cox Enterprises for the Manheim Pennsylvania project. As a Cox Enterprises subsidiary, Manheim participates in the company’s national sustainability program that focuses on waste management and reducing energy and water consumption.
In the spirit of Manheim’s dedication to saving energy, Manheim Pennsylvania decreased the energy use in its 13,500,000 square foot parking lot by switching to reduced wattage lamps and a wireless control system. This new project caused the auction to cut its energy use by 50 percent or 1,761,687 kWh.
The non-profit LEEP Campaign is a recognition and guidance program designed to encourage facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficient lighting solutions in their parking facilities. This effort is a collaboration between the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, the Green Parking Council, and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).