Outdoor Research Lighting Retrofit Gets 2009 off to a Bright Start

Company Headquarters Overhaul of Lighting System will Reduce Overall Energy Consumption by 25%
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Outdoor Research, manufacturer of functional solutions for human powered adventure, announced today that as part of the company’s commitment to lessening their footprint on the environment, they will be retrofitting the entire lighting systems of the Seattle based company’s headquarters. The company’s headquarters house not only the Outdoor Research corporate offices but also a manufacturing facility and Outdoor Research brand store.

The Outdoor Research in-house Environmental Impact Group worked with local Seattle city officials to develop a lighting retrofit plan, resulting in a comprehensive facility assessment prior to the beginning of the overhaul. The project is underway and should be completed by February 1, 2009.

The lighting retrofit will enable Outdoor Research to reduce 250,000 kilowatts of electricity per year, which equates to 25% of the company’s usage. This savings is enough to power 23 average US homes for a full year. Yet, even with lower power consumption, the building will have brighter, whiter, cleaner lighting and the newly installed standardized bulbs and ballasts will result in lower maintenance costs. As the final step in the overhaul, Outdoor Research has committed to recycling all bulbs and ballasts to a local, responsible recycler.

About Outdoor Research:
 Based in Seattle WA, Outdoor Research designs and manufactures functional solutions for human powered adventure. Outdoor Research offers technically innovative and superior Apparel, Headwear, Handwear, Gaiters, Storage and Shelter Systems. Product testing and high-quality construction is backed up with OR’s Infinite Guarantee®. In 2005, OR became the North American distributor for Exped, an innovative Swiss company with many “new classics” in its line. Outdoor Research enthusiastically supports the outstanding conservation, access, and educational efforts of a variety of organizations and encourages our customers to do the same. 

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