Recyclebank and Lunera Lighting Create Green Schools Energy Challenge

Schools can win an energy retrofit to help make classrooms state-of-the-art green; Winning schools will see substantial energy savings through improved, near-daylight quality of LED lighting
May 5, 2011 12:00 AM ET
Press Release

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) NEW YORK CITY, NY AND REDWOOD CITY, CA - THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 - Recyclebank®, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses, today announced it has launched the Green Schools Energy Challenge with Lunera® Lighting, Inc., a Silicon Valley company that designs, manufactures, and markets next-generation LED lighting. The contest is designed to benefit schools nationwide with energy retrofits to help make classroom lighting state-of-the-art green. To enter, teachers and school administrators should submit a video entry showcasing classrooms that already have an ongoing commitment to sustainability by Friday, May 20 at Those with the most inventive and active “green rooms” can win the green makeover, valued at up to $5,000 per classroom. This spring, five classrooms will be selected as winners for the Lunera-sponsored LED lighting energy retrofit. 

“Through our Green Schools Program, Recyclebank has a long-standing commitment to communities, schools, and students—our environmental leaders of the future,” said Jonathan Hsu, CEO at Recyclebank. “We’ve helped sponsor environmental education projects in more than 65 communities over the last five years. This spring, we’re excited to partner with Lunera in the Green Schools Energy Challenge, providing an opportunity for students and teachers to take the next step in creating a more sustainable and improved classroom environment.”
Lunera provides LED lighting solutions that are environmentally friendly, reduce energy costs, and provide superior near daylight quality light that can help student productivity and performance. An energy retrofit from Lunera will not only reduce classrooms’ environmental footprint, it will provide high quality, near daylight illumination right to a student’s desktop, helping to make the classroom a better place to learn.
“We have partnered with Recyclebank to offer classrooms a solid state lighting retrofit to demonstrate the energy efficiencies and improved light quality that LED lighting provides,” said Karen Owyeung, CEO at Lunera Lighting. “The cost savings of Lunera’s LED lighting systems are impressive, they offer up to 15-years of maintenance-free quality light that can save up to 50 percent of energy costs. Lunera’s LED lighting systems provide near-daylight illumination compared to traditional lighting systems for students and teachers alike.”
Lunera’s award-winning, fully recyclable, LED lighting fixtures feature carefully designed optics, edge-lit design, U.S. manufacturing and quality testing. Lunera uses its truLITE™ Color Consistency Process to ensure color consistency. The lights dramatically reduce energy consumption, while providing voluminous daylight-quality light. The fixtures contain no harmful chemicals and generate less heat than comparable incumbent lighting technologies lowering HVAC costs. Substantial energy savings combined with the elimination of maintenance costs enables Lunera to lower a facility’s operating expense while reducing its carbon footprint, visually demonstrating its commitment to sustainability.
To enter, teachers and school administrators can send Recyclebank a video showing how they are creating a greener classroom by Friday, May 20, 2011. Semi-finalists will be announced and public voting will start in early June. Semi-finalists are encouraged to get friends and family to visit to vote on their video, and the video with the most votes will be the fan favorite and win an Energy Retrofit by Lunera. There will be a total of five winning classrooms in the spring semester 2011. Winners will be announced in late June, and classroom retrofits will take place over the summer.
For information about the Green Schools Energy Challenge including guidelines, applications, judging, and retrofits of the winning classrooms, visit
Recyclebank® helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank is empowering individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling, reducing household energy usage and taking other environmentally-preferred actions. Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit
Lunera® Lighting, Inc. is an award-winning technology innovator leading the transformation from analog to energy-efficient digital LED lighting. The company’s lighting solutions, known for their elegant design, precision engineering, and beautiful light, are designed from the work plane up. Engineered for an optimum balance of low power, high efficacy, and full spectrum light, Lunera’s solutions reduce energy consumption, eliminate maintenance costs, and deliver daylight quality light that adds to a building’s market value while reducing facility operating costs and carbon footprint. Since introducing its first products in late 2009, Lunera has installed lighting in over 3 million square feet of commercial real estate. Manufactured in the USA, Lunera’s premium lighting fixtures are UL listed, LM-79 tested, and RoHS compliant. Visit for more information or contact the company at 650-241-3875 or by email at Follow Lunera on Twitter at  © 2011 Lunera® Lighting, Inc. All rights reserved. Lunera is a registered trademark of Lunera Lighting, Inc. The Lunera logo and Life in a New Light are trademarks of Lunera Lighting, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Specifications for Lunera products are subject to change without notice.
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Amy Ziari
The Bateman Group for Recyclebank
Carol Warren
Antarra Communications for Lunera Lighting