Bright Ideas: Turner Participates in EDF Climate Corps with Scott Bright

19 Aug 2013 - By TW Staff

Most of us probably don't think much about our office lights. We turn them on; we turn them off. Done. But the aptly named Scott Bright, spent 10 weeks at Turner Broadcasting thinking about little else.

As part of Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps graduate program, Bright was tasked with reducing energy use at Turner by evaluating current lighting systems and presenting a strong business case for investing in LED solutions.

"It was an amazing experience to be in the headquarters of one of the largest broadcasting companies in the world...a place with such a wide reach, knowing the video content being produced is broadcasted to millions of viewers worldwide," said Bright, who first had to work with a variety of stakeholders to determine what makes a good office lighting fixture. The answer? Energy efficiency, aesthetics, maintenance requirements and employee satisfaction.

Using this information, he assembled a list of LED lights to be sampled and created an analysis detailing the lifetime costs for each proposed light. His work revealed significant cost savings and a possible energy reduction of over 50% per year. His research also showed potential savings in maintenance costs of nearly 70% a year.

John Hester, Director of Design Engineering at Turner and Director of the Time Warner Global Energy Council, said that Bright's recommendations will be phased-in over three years at Turner's buildings and will provide a blueprint for improving energy efficiency at all of Time Warner's divisions across the country.

Bright, who is from Honolulu and currently attends Presidio Graduate School in California, said, "Growing up in a beautiful place like Hawaii allowed me to recognize the threats businesses and industries can pose on the environment, (so) I'm very passionate about sustainability, the environment and businesses in general. I read a quote somewhere that said, 'The mark of a new billionaire isn't defined by someone who can make a billion dollars, but rather, by someone who can positively affect the lives of a billion people.' I plan on continuing to work on projects, and with companies, that are focused on positivity influencing the lives of others."