Salkehatchie Goes Green

USC Salkehatchie was the first S.C. government agency to employ LED lighting technology in its buildings as part of a project for which federal stimulus grant funds were awarded this year. LED’s are approximately 66% more efficient than fluorescent lighting and last more than twice as long. The campus replaced fluorescent light fixtures with 716 LED tubular lights as part of this green initiative. The new lights are expected to save the campus almost $8,000 in utilities annually, but the desire to be a good steward of natural resources was the driving force behind the project. “The adoption of LED lighting technology by USC Salkehatchie demonstrates a first-step effort towards reducing our energy dependence,” says Mark Craig, director of budget and finance for the campus. “It will allow utility savings to be re-employed for other initiatives that support our mission.”