Paying it forward through giving back
Every year, Evergreen rallies trade allies, clients and employees to donate a Giving Back lighting retrofit project for a local charitable organization. Recent projects include lighting upgrades for the Blazer Boys and Girls Club and the Good Neighborhood Center.
2016: Blazer Boys & Girls Club, Good Neighbor Center Lighting Upgrades
The Blazer Boys & Girls Club, a nonprofit providing enrichment programs for youth ages 6 to 18, and Good Neighbor Center, a nonprofit serving homeless families, are recent beneficiaries of Evergreen’s Giving Back program. New modern and energy efficient lighting will help both organizations better manage energy use and reduce operating costs.
The Blazer Boys & Girls Club of Portland consumed a great deal of energy due to an inefficient and outdated lighting system in the lobby, gymnasium and exterior spaces. The team upgraded 80 fixtures with LED lighting technology in both interior and exterior areas including offices, classrooms and cafeteria, gym, kitchen, and the main lobby. Occupancy controls were added for even more energy savings. Exterior fixtures were upgraded to improve safety after dark, and lamps in exterior signage were repaired and replaced to provide a more welcoming entry for children and families using the club.
Outdoor lighting at the Good Neighbor Center’s Tigard-area building was non-functional, prompting safety concerns for people entering and exiting the building after dark. The shelter’s dining room didn’t provide adequate lighting for meals, homework time and meetings. Evergreen upgraded 13 fixtures, including exterior lights to address safety and security in the evening, and new LED fixtures to improve interior appearance and light quality.
2015: Soldier Supply Drive
To show our appreciation and support for U.S. military service members, in July Evergreen staff members gathered items to donate to Oregon National Guard units currently deployed in Afghanistan. Twenty-five boxes of non-perishable items, as well as many thank you letters and cards were collected. Thank you to everyone for your contributions, and especially to the men and women who serve our country.
2015: Friends of the Children Lighting Upgrade
As part of its annual Giving Back community outreach project, Evergreen donated a lighting upgrade to Friends of the Children, a nonprofit that provides adult mentors for at-risk children. Near the end of 2015, a team of volunteers and professionals spent more than one week retrofitting lighting throughout the 16,400 square-foot office space, plus exterior and parking lot installations. They replaced inefficient incandescent, metal halide and T8 lighting with LED technology due to its long lamp life, energy savings and better light quality. In many areas, schoolhouse style fixtures were selected to match the building style. In total, the team replaced 208 fixtures in both interior and exterior areas including public spaces, halls and stairwells, gym, kitchen, offices, parking areas and the main entrance. Occupancy controls were added for even more energy savings. The new and improved lighting is estimated to reduce their energy consumption by approximately 80% and save more than $4,800 in annual energy costs.
Special thanks to Pacific Lamp Wholesale and the Portland Development Commission’s Green Features Grant Program for their contributions.