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LSTC will reduce its carbon footprint by millions of pounds with "green lights" project

Posted Mar 18, 2008

During February and March, a special team of seminary students led by Paul Knutson are helping residents switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs in permanent lighting fixtures in Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago apartments. This is part of LSTC's Green Zone initiative to make the seminary a "geographical area in which lifestyle and activities promote a healthy environment and where the people are committed to the healing of creation."

"One compact fluorescent light bulb can reduce CO2 emissions by 500 to 1,500 pounds from entering the atmosphere for the life of the bulb," said Paul Knutson, LSTC housing and facility operations manager. "Multiply that times 161 apartments and 15-22 bulbs per apartment and that means reducing carbon emissions by 1.2 million to 3 million pounds over the next seven to ten years. This investment will also reduce electricity bills for both our students and the seminary."

In addition to changing bulbs in the permanent fixtures in each apartment, the seminary has also replaced incandescent bulbs in the apartment hallways, stairwells, and basements with compact fluorescent light bulbs, providing an even larger reduction of LSTC's carbon foot print.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs last ten times longer than standard bulbs, up to seven to ten years of use. When the bulbs burn out, it's important that they be disposed of properly. LSTC will educate residents of this need and will also provide a recycling bin for the bulbs on campus.


Paul Knutson
Housing & Facility Operations Mgr.

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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