Partner of the Year
Metro Lighting is a locally-owned family business that provides energy efficient lighting solutions to Missouri residents every day with seven locations serving the greater St. Louis area and Cape Girardeau. Metro Lighting is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Climate Communications recognition for its commitment to educating employees, leadership, stakeholders, and customers about energy efficiency and the impacts of climate change. Key 2014 accomplishments include:
- Recognizing the important role the sales associate plays in being the voice of ENERGY STAR and the energy efficiency movement in general. All seven showrooms’ employees continue to be trained by Ameren Missouri on ENERGY STAR fixtures, compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, and CFL recycling. Metro Lighting makes it a point to include ENERGY STAR education for every new employee and at quarterly companywide lighting sales meetings. These meetings focus on teaching their sales force the benefits of selling ENERGY STAR certified products to consumers, including a focus on protecting the climate.
- Continuing to be involved in the community. This year Metro’s Sustainability Director presented at the Green Homes Festival. The presentation featured easy ways to be energy efficient at home and how individuals can have a positive impact on climate change.
- Participating in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association developed the challenge to help companies and organizations adopt sustainable business practices that can reduce environmental impact, protect the climate, and help businesses remain competitive.
- Updating its website to allow customers to purchase ENERGY STAR certified lighting fixtures online and learn about the importance of protecting the climate. The website was also updated to allow residential and commercial customers to request free lighting audits.
- Retrofitting 7,937 incandescent bulbs from showrooms with ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs, saving 1,094,907 kilowatt hours annually, which not only protects the climate, but also would provide enough electricity to power 104 homes.
- Continuing to place print, television, radio, and magazine advertisements about ENERGY STAR including climate protection messaging to reach an estimated audience of more than 10 million.