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City Awards College Grant for Energy Efficiency

MICA will be the first art school to use LED light bulbs throughout exhibition spaces

Posted 09.01.10 by mica communications

Lights create heat spots on artwork.




Through a grant from the City of Baltimore, MICA will be the first art school to use LED light bulbs throughout exhibition spaces. The LED bulbs, which utilize 18 watts instead of the current halogen bulbs that use up to 300 watts, also last eight to 16 times longer. And, because LED bulbs produce almost no heat, they will not create heat spots on artwork.

The Community Energy Savers Grant to MICA, up to $50,000, will make great strides at helping the City reach its goal to cut 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2015. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined local energy and sustainability leaders on Monday, Sept. 13 to announce the first round recipients of the grants.

MICA President Fred Lazarus and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeThe City has allotted $1 million to this grant program from a $6.37 million energy stimulus package previously awarded to the City's Department of General Services. The grant is designed to empower nonprofits in Baltimore to conserve energy and raise energy awareness. The dollars saved on utility costs can be used by grant recipients to provide increased services to the Baltimoreans they serve.



Photo captions: (Top) Current exhibition space halogen bulbs use up to 300 watts of energy. The grant will allow for LED bulbs that use 18 watts. (Inset) MICA President Fred Lazarus and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake celebrate the partnership to improve the city's carbon footprint.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

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