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Mission Statement

To employ campuses, facilities, students, staff, and alumni with high-quality, high-efficacy LED light sources and provide them an avenue to participate in the University of California's Carbon Neutrality Initiative. 

Carbon Neutrality Initiative

A commitment by the University of California's Office of the President to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025.

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The University of California initiated a statewide effort to procure high-quality, energy-efficient light sources. The UC is in collaboration with the California Community College system, the California State University system, and the California Department of General Services in this large-scale procurement effort. The collaborative will benefit campus buildings and provide a new employee-buy program.

A proposal was launched fall of 2017, the collaborative reviewed responses and selected All-Phase Electric Supply, a division of Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc. as the exclusive distributor to provide lighting products for the Million LED Challenge. The employee-buy program was available to all employees of the partnership in 2017, and is still available now. The Million LED Challenge Program now affords facility managers with educational resources and negotiated pricing for widespread adoption of high-quality LED light sources. 

Million LED Challenge

Overview

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A key step in collectively reducing our carbon footprint is through energy-efficient lighting. Million LED Challenge provides an avenue for consumers to participate in the Carbon Neutrality Initiative by replacing linear fluorescents, retrofit kits, incandescent and CFL light bulbs with high performance LED options. The second phase in the Million LED Challenge adds high-quality linear LED lamps, retrofit kits, and luminaires to the negotiated pricing program. This is in addition to the A-lamps, PAR-lamps, and downlights that were made available starting in 2017.

If all linear lamps in California were converted to LED light sources, we would save an estimated 43% in lighting energy use, or 3.2 TWh of energy each year. The MLC Program aims to mediate this transition and assist in helping California achieve net zero greenhouse gasses. 

Million LED Challenge

Why Participate?

Million LED Challenge

Objective

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The Million LED Challenge's main objective is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. This is accomplished by supplying campuses, hospitals, office buildings, and facilities high-quality, high-efficiency LED light sources at an unbeatable price. These LED products out perform traditional linear fluorescent lamps and light fixtures by providing excellent color characteristics, high efficiency, dimmability, and at least 50,000 hours of rated life.

 

Today's consumers are faced with difficult lighting purchase decisions as the commercial marketplace is filled with low-quality products in terms of color appearance, dimming, and longevity. The Million LED Challenge partners decided to use the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification developed by the California Energy Commission in collaboration with the University of California Davis' California Lighting Technology Center as the performance criteria for all future light source purchases to ensure high-quality, high-efficiency products are purchased moving forward.