Quanex Building Products has received an Environmental Stewardship Award from Green Tech Lighting of Clinton Township, Mich., for reducing energy consumption through the use of advanced energy-efficient technology.

Quanex is expected to cut its light-related electricity consumption in its facilities by 60 percent. Green Tech Lighting’s technology is expected to decrease the kilowatt-hours the company uses for lighting by 2,773,303 kWh annually after it replaced all of its fluorescent light fixtures with American-made Orion Energy Systems LED energy-saving technology. The project was engineered and installed by Green Tech Lighting.

“We saw this as an opportunity to do something innovative, effective and environmentally responsible,” said Todd Haney, director of operations for Quanex. “We’re happy to be honored with Green Tech’s Environmental Stewardship Award.”

Quanex will indirectly decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 1.708 tons per year over the life cycle of Green Tech Lighting’s fixtures. During that same period, Quanex will cut 3.665 tons of sulfur dioxide and 1.551 tons of nitrogen oxides, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The greenhouse gas emission reductions are the air-scrubbing equivalent of a 508-acre forest, according to the EPA. The emission reductions also equate to saving 228,938 gallons of gasoline every year.

As if the environmental savings weren’t enough, the company says it’s expecting to triple plant light levels, which will increase productivity, quality, safety and overall morale.

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