"Berkeley Lamps" Light Up NPS's Golden Gate Facility

February 28, 2003

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(left to right) Steve Butterworth, NPS; Marcy Beck, LBNL; Kathy Pierce, DOE; Mai-Liis Bartling, Golden Gate National Recreation Area; and George Turnbull, NPS; at a ceremony announcing the "re-lamping" of Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Fort Mason General Headquarters building with Berkeley Lamps.

On a recent foggy afternoon in San Francisco, National Park Service (NPS) and DOE officials gathered at Fort Mason's General Headquarters to celebrate the latest step in "greening" the National Parks.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of 385 National Park Service sites, installed 50 energy-efficient Berkeley Lamps in its offices at Fort Mason, with the assistance of DOE and the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The Berkeley Lamp, developed by lighting researchers at LBNL, reduces lighting energy use up to 50 percent in offices. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is an urban National Park encompassing 75,500 acres in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Park contains such well-known sites as Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, and the Presidio of San Francisco.

Steve Butterworth, the Park Service's Regional Energy Manager, worked with LBNL lighting researchers Michael Siminovitch and Erik Page to determine whether the Berkeley Lamp would bring substantial energy savings to the facility. Their first collaboration was a handbook on energy-efficient lighting retrofits for NPS facilities managers.

"The project was originally funded as a standard lighting retrofit," said Butterworth. "But by installing the Berkeley Lamp, we were able to avoid the expense and the waste stream of ripping out old fixtures, ballasts, and tiles, as well as the indoor air quality problems associated with the renovation. The cost to purchase the Berkeley Lamps was less than the labor would have cost in the original plan, and the waste stream from the new product packaging was also much less."

Park Service Commitment to Sustainability

"Our goal in the National Park Service," said George Turnbull, Regional Coordinator of the Park Service's Sustainability Program, "is not only to comply with, but to exceed the requirements of environmental regulations." Turnbull added that installing Berkeley Lamps to lower energy costs was only one of many steps the NPS is taking to be a leader in environmental sustainability. Other projects underway or completed include installing solar photovoltaic systems in Joshua Tree, the Mojave Reserve, and other Parks, as well as being the first to install a fuel cell in a National Park campground, replacing conventional- with biomass-based diesel power in the Channel Islands National Park, and awarding concessions based on vendor commitment to sustainability.

"We take sustainability seriously," said Mai-Liis Bartling, the Acting Regional Director for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. "We were the first National Park to request Berkeley Lamps, and now we have 50 of them. [The lamp] allowed us to bring energy-efficient lighting into a historic building. The feedback from the staff has been extremely positive. We want to expand the use of the lamp to other buildings."

Butterworth added, "The public has been very supportive of our efforts at sustainability. Having these technologies in these public spaces helps educate people in how they can use the technologies themselves."

DOE's Regional Director Kathy Pierce said "It's wonderful to see an energy-efficient technology developed at one of the National Laboratories put to use by Federal agencies. It demonstrates that you can get anything done when you have good partnerspeople who are motivated to make something happen. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the National Park Service to support energy efficient and sustainable technologies."

Visitors peering through the San Francisco fog can now see the warm yellow glow of Berkeley Lamps in the windows of the Fort's Headquarters buildinga new beacon, one that represents energy efficiency and sustainability.

For more information, please contact Allan Chen of LBNL at 510-486-4210 or Chris Powell of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at 415-561-4732.