September 10, 2016

Eneref Institute Announces New Web Forum Encouraging Natural Interior Daylighting

Web Forum Presents Candid Discussion by Key Decision-Makers in a School Daylighting Project

Philadelphia – September 12, 2016 – Eneref Institute, a leading advocacy organization for sustainable development, announces their collaboration with Acuity Brands to host an online web forum promoting the use of natural interior daylight. The web forum discussion follows an Eneref Institute report that assessed the installation of Sunoptics prismatic skylights in an elementary school.

The web forum is open to all lighting professionals interested in learning about the obstacles, decisions and solutions involved in the Wilson Elementary School daylighting project.

The Wilson School Web Forum will be held on Tuesday, Oct 25, from 1:00PM until 2:00PM ET.

Forum sign-up here:

Eneref report can be found here:

Web forum speakers will include project architect Tim Reidy of The Hayes Design Group – Architects, lighting controls engineer Geoff Ford, West Allegany School Director of Buildings and Grounds Ken Fibbi and VP Daylighting Product Solutions for Acuity Brands Pete Shannin. The web forum will be hosted by Eneref’s founding director, Seth Warren Rose.

“When the renovation was complete, it was unbelievable,” according to Buildings Director Ken Fibbi. “The students were astonished by the results.”

Following the presentation, Eneref will open the floor for audience questions to the speakers.

Sponsored by Acuity Brands, the Wilson School Web Forum is part of an ongoing Eneref Institute initiative to encourage occupant well-being through the use of natural interior daylight, lighting controls and color tuning LED modules.

As part of their Wilson School report, Eneref Institute also produced a two-minute video highlighting the project, including interviews with school staff about the results of the lighting installation.

View the two-minute Wilson video here:


Teachers delighted by new #NaturalInteriorDaylight in school bldg. #Eneref web forum presents decision-makers.

The specified lighting included Sunoptics® Signature Series prismatic skylights, Gotham® EVO LED Open, Lithonia Lighting® T Series Recessed LED Troffers and Acuity Controls nLight® network lighting controls.

“The Wilson School project offered a unique opportunity to demonstrate how combining daylighting with LED lighting controls significantly increases occupant well-being,” explained Pete Shannin, Vice President of Daylighting Product Solutions for Acuity Brands. “And the project fits well within Eneref Institute’s mission to combine sustainable development with corporate social responsibility.”

Eneref’s independent third-party web forums and reports are designed to build confidence in best-in-class sustainable solutions and are the industry standard for white papers targeting specifiers and end-users encouraging sustainable technologies. Eneref reports draw on the expertise of industry advisors as well as testimonial interviews with end-users to provide a uniquely authentic, real-world perspective of earth-friendly solutions.

About Eneref Institute
Eneref Institute ( is a research and advocacy organization focused on effective and viable solutions in sustainable development and social responsibility. The mission of Eneref Institute is to launch initiatives that raise awareness for clear, specific opportunities that promote efficient use of natural resources, demonstrate social responsibility and foster a peaceful, earth-friendly economy. Eneref Institute leads industry-specific initiatives and works closely with government agencies, including the US Department of Defense, Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

About Acuity Brands
Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is the North American market leader and one of the world’s leading providers of indoor and outdoor lighting and energy management solutions. With fiscal year 2015 net sales of $2.7 billion, Acuity Brands currently employs approximately 10,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. The Company’s products and solutions are sold under various brands. Visit

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