Renton School Visionary Wins Innovation Award with PLANLED Lighting Solutions


    J. Stine was awarded one of only two Innovation Award at the annual Energy/Facilities Connections (EFC) Conference in Leavenworth, WA. Stine is the first public school official to bring human centric lighting (HCL) into the classroom on a large scale. His devotion to saving energy and improving the educational experience in the Renton, WA School District has already caught the attention of state education officials and local media.

    The EFC is a collection of facilities professionals sponsored by The Washington State University Energy program. The energy efficiency group found Stine had met all the criteria for the prestigious EFC Innovations Award.

    The EFC tells its members, “Challenges are easier to beat when we share ideas and techniques to succeed. With that in mind, we want to learn about your innovations so we can share them with others and, in turn, share their innovations with you. After all, we’re all in this together. To help stimulate the submission of innovations and best practices, we created the EFC Innovations Award.”

    Stine installed tunable Samjin LED lights in the ceilings of every classroom in two Renton high schools. The color temperature of the lights can be adjusted to provide the students visual and biological benefits.

    “PLANLET” is proud to have partnered with such a determined advocate for the educational opportunities of students in his district,” said PLANLED CEO John Hwang, “J.Stine’s relentless promotion of student achievement and energy savings will be long remembered and admired.”

    Stine accepted the award saying, “I’d like to dedicate this award to our Executive Director, Rick Stracke who empower us to do innovative projects.”


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