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Mall of America to install LEDs in parking ramps

BY CSA STAFF

Bloomington, Minn. — Mall of America plans to replace 5,400 metal halide and high-pressure sodium fixtures in the parking ramps with specially designed new fixtures LED technology from Acuity Brands. The installation will begin in July. It is part of a multi-faceted sustainability program that will be announced during the coming months. Anticipated completion will be this fall.

"To continue with our dedication to being environmentally responsible, we are thrilled to announce a project of this magnitude," said Rich Hoge, director of technical operations for Mall of America. "It is incredible to be able to reduce our parking ramp energy demand by two-thirds or in excess of an 800KW demand reduction."

This conversion project, the largest of its kind in the United States, will reduce energy consumption in the ramps by two-thirds. The benefits of LED beyond lower energy consumption include better performance in cold temperatures, a life expectancy of more than 50,000 hours, no use of mercury and directional efficiency. LED lamps are also a powerful way to reduce light pollution, which has become a concern across the country.

Since opening, Mall of America has heavily invested in capital and team resources to reduce its operating footprint across many activities. The Mall recycles more than 60% of its waste, an average of 32,000 tons per year.

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Oakland Mall helps moms with Facebook fundraising challenge

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Troy, Mich. — Oakland Mall is using social networking as a tool to get shoppers involved this Mother’s Day to benefit Moms at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), a non-profit agency dedicated to assisting the homeless and getting them back on their feet.

From now thru Mother’s Day if you "like" Oakland Mall on Facebook, Oakland Mall and its stores will donate money, gift cards, and much needed items to DRMM. The value of the donation will be based on the number of "likes" Oakland Mall receives. Shoppers can also donate items by dropping them off at the Information Center located on the lower level of the shopping center near J.C. Penney.

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