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U.S. State Capitols ‘New Light’ Project

True to Paradigm Nouveau’s mission, in 2006 PNF began heralding a new paradigm of energy efficiency by pledging to cover the cost of light bulbs to assure all 50 State Capitol buildings switch to energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). The Colorado Capitol was the launching event of this program, saving taxpayers nearly $90,000 and reducing tons of CO2 emissions.

Executive Director Audrey James has told the public that if the people lead, the leaders follow. The President of the United States is now following, according to this announcement on June 29, 2009:

Obama Touts New Light Bulb Standards

image5122436xPresident Obama on Monday announced new federal efforts to promote energy efficiency in the United States, through stricter standards on fluorescent and incandescent light and other measures.

“I know light bulbs might not seem sexy,” Mr. Obama said, “but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and our businesses.”

The president said the new look at light bulbs is starting at the White House.

“Secretary Chu is already taking a look at our light bulbs,” he said.

Status of Participating State Capitols To Date

New Light

Location Contact Rep Savings
Denver, CO Tom Plant $90,000
Concord, NH Suzanne Harvey $65,500


  1. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal. Click here for background.
  2. CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gasses are the greatest contributor to global warming. Learn more.
  3. Every CFL bulb replacement reduces 500-1,000 pounds of CO2 over the life of the bulb.
  4. If every household in the U.S. replaced five light bulbs it would be the equivalent of removing nearly 10 million cars from the road. Source.
  5. CFLs use 75% less electricity, and despite higher costs per bulb they actually pay for themselves in fewer than 8 months. Learn more.
  6. CFLs last ten times longer than incandescent light bulbs, meaning that over the life of the bulbs the savings are at least $30 per bulb depending on electricty costs. Learn more.

How PNF’s State Capitol Project works:

  1. PNF will donate CFLs to every State Capitol building in the U.S. at no cost to taxpayers. Private funding has been set aside for this special awareness campaign to educate policymakers and the general public.
  2. For each state, a lead legislator is being identified as a representative for this project. To recommend a specific state legislator or apply for participation, please click here.
  3. PNF will require a press conference at each state capitol to announce this initiative to the public. See sample press clippings below.
  4. Once each state contact is established (download application here), PNE works with applicable maintenance groups to determine the number and proper wattage of bulbs to replace.

In The Press:

Click here for samples of press coverage of the New Light Project.

Make Contact

Rick Levine, PNF’s Director of Operations
phone: (303) 939-8993
More contact options here.