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June 11, 2013

Free business & industry energy workshop focuses on lighting

The Business & Industry Energy Efficiency Workshop—a free, half-day workshop on June 13 in Clarksville—will give local facility and operations personnel an opportunity to learn about a variety of energy efficient topics with a focus on lighting, an often overlooked means of significantly reducing energy costs and increasing employee productivity.

A lunch and learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will begin with tips for highly effective energy management from Dr. Ken Currie of TennesseeTechUniversity. The lunch and learn will conclude with a facilitated discussion with Rick Marsh, director of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Network, during which efficiency opportunities and shared challenges will be highlighted. This discussion will use interactive technology that solicits the audience’s input in order to guide the dialogue on energy efficiency topics.

A lighting training course will be provided from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. This course will address recent advances in lighting and highlight the difference between visible light and its impact on working performance. Real lighting examples will be presented with differences in energy usage and type of light discussed.

Attendees can participate in both or either session. A 0.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit is available for attending both sessions. The event will be held at 2021 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. in Clarksville.

The entire workshop has been made free to attend by Clarksville Department of Electricity and the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative. More information and registration details can be found at

“The opportunities for businesses to become energy efficient vary widely from industry to industry but everyone has to light their workspaces. “Lighting projects have a great return on investment, can often be completed without significantly interrupting work and improves worker mood, safety and productivity over the long term. It’s a great starting place for energy efficiency efforts,” said John Jackson, energy services manager at Clarksville Department of Electricity (CDE).

The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative was created through a public-private partnership led by the TDEC Office of Energy Programs. It provides in-depth training and educational tools to businesses, public officials and communities to support the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management projects.

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Funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act through the U.S. Department of Energy and TDEC Office of Energy Programs, the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative is coordinated by Pathway Lending and supported by energy-focused organizations statewide.

Information on the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative and related events is available at or through Pathway Lending at (615) 425-7171.

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