New York City is converting 250,000 street light fixtures to energy-efficient, light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan made the announcement together on the recently renovated Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, where pedestrian fixtures have already been replaced with LEDs, saving a reported $70,000 a year.
“With roughly a quarter-million street lights in our City, upgrading to more energy efficient lights is a large and necessary feat,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “It will save taxpayers millions of dollars, move us closer to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals, and help us to continue reducing City government’s day-to-day costs and improving its operations.”
New York is not the only city pursuing more sustainable public lighting, as Gizmodo reports:
Earlier this year, Los Angeles completed the first phase of the world’s largest LED street light replacement project to date, though New York's 250,000 will eclipse that figure. Smaller cities like St. Paul and even Las Vegas have also made the transition and saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
Replacement efforts are projected to cost $79 million, but the initiative will save nearly $14 million a year, ultimately paying for itself in six years. That's on top of the obvious benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And that's awesome.
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