LSTC will reduce its carbon footprint by millions of pounds with "green lights" project March 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 Communication and Marketing

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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