Signify is committed to unlocking the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. Through our Brighten America program, we pledge to work in collaboration with cities, utilities, and other key parties to act and leverage sustainable LED and connected lighting solutions to support the goals of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). We are focused on driving the shift to sustainability by focusing our efforts in the areas of transportation, education, government buildings, and broadband access.
Signify recently launched the Brighten America program to support. The IIJA seeks to strengthen US infrastructure, create jobs, combat climate change, and bridge the digital divide--all areas in which lighting plays a pivotal role.
We previously covered how the Biden-Harris administration demonstrates a dedication to rebuilding and strengthening America’s roads, transportation, interconnectivity, and natural resiliency using locally sourced US products and materials.
A significant part of this rebuilding will involve the targeted allocation of federal funds. Understanding eligibility for these funds will undoubtedly be challenging for the various school districts, municipalities, and other qualifying organizations wishing to leverage funding for sustainable and resilient innovations that support climate action.
Funding will be prioritized for projects that directly align with those IIJA goals. The stated goals of the IIJA are investing in roads and bridges and public transportation; creating new jobs in manufacturing, construction, and transportation; eliminating lead pipes from American households, schools, and childcare centers; and supporting high-speed internet access for all Americans, all while addressing the climate crisis.
Lighting can play a critical role here and should be considered a top funding allocation priority. As our work with K-12 schools shows, dynamic lighting has been tied to improved student performance, concentration, and overall wellbeing. So not only would a school district be gaining energy efficiency and savings by focusing on lighting solutions, but they would also be supporting the comfort and welfare of their students, teachers, and staff.