Marilyn Sloane has over twenty years experience in the lighting industry with a unique blend of lighting retrofit design (NuLite Services, Inc.), retail buying (Bloomingdale’s ‘Home Division’ buying office), and product development (Metropolitan Museum of Art). She is Lighting Certified, Certified in NYC and NYS as a Woman Owned Business, a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Designers Lighting Forum, and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Marilyn is an instructor for the 32BJ Shortman Fund where she directly interacts with supers and building maintenance staff on all levels regarding lighting. As principal of NuLite Services Inc., Marilyn managed the audit/design and installation of over five million square feet of building area on Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus. This extensive 6-year long project saved Columbia University millions of dollars a year in electricity costs. The project was associated with the Con Edison Rebate Program, Shared Savings Partners, and the University’s Energy Management and Facilities Department. Marilyn has developed relationships with suppliers, designers, and manufacturers who provide her with industry insight, collaborative resources, and when needed, partners in creating unique product. EELDesign focuses on multifamily and commercial buildings, working face-to-face with owners and building staff implementing simple upgrades, offering quick return on investments and enhanced lighting spaces. How did you first get involved in the green industry? When I was the board president of my co-op building in the early ’90s, ConEd started promoting rebates and energy-efficient lighting. I saw the potential savings and realized, like my building, many others do not have an educated staff regarding the specialties of lighting. There are a lot of buildings with old technology. People think if they have fluorescent lamps they are already efficient, but that’s not true. What interests you most about being green? It’s common sense — saves money and resources. What is your biggest “green” pet peeve? Leaving lights on 24/7. What green trend is most exciting to you or your industry? Controllability, LEDs and organic LEDs. The whole way we light our environment will be changing.

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