District Streamlines Lighting Systems For Savings
FacilitiesNet.com

In May 2012, the Harford County (MD.) Public Schools District faced a serious dilemma; even though the school district was growing and expanding, it was not doing so efficiently. As the district constructed new buildings and retrofitted older ones to keep up with growing enrollment, their poorly managed inventory of lighting fixtures and increasing costs for upgrades became problematic.

In this FacilitiesNet article, learn how the Harford County (MD.) Public Schools District utilized a series of lighting projects to streamline their inventory management practices, curtail energy use, and produce major bottom-line benefits through the process.


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Facts for FAQs

Q. What are the regulations for mercury recycling?

A. Since January 1, 2000, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has allowed for spent lamps to be managed as Universal Wastes. The Universal Waste Rules (UWR) are designed in part to simplify the management of mercury-containing wastes including spent fluorescent lamps. The Rules are also intended to encourage recycling, thereby reducing mercury emissions to the environment.

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