Renaissance Lighting and Dubai college center to host green event

Date Announced: 17 Nov 2008

Dubai, UAE (PRWEB) November 13, 2008 -- Renaissance Lighting, a USA-based pioneering innovator of solid-state LED architectural lighting and it's UAE Regional Distribution Partners, Victory Technologies International and Stellatek Solutions, in association with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Centre of Engineering Excellence in Dubai, has announced plans for "Lighting the Way to a Green Dubai," a thought-provoking series of environmentally oriented presentations to address the pressing global need to develop and commercialize Green Technologies.

This special event, which will focus attention on the environmentally driven vision of the Dubai Government and directed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, including adoption of a national LEED green building standards policy, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, at the Dubai Men's College, Dubai Academic City.

"Our goal in partnering with the HCT Centre of Engineering Excellence is to bring together in one room the best environmental thinking," said Renaissance Lighting CEO, Barry Weinbaum. "The future depends on our collective ability to shrink the global carbon footprint. By linking academia and industry, we believe that 'Lighting the Way to a Green Dubai' is the perfect forum for identifying innovative, environmentally friendly approaches and supporting the objectives of visionary government leaders," Weinbaum said.

This special event is the first joint initiative under a recently established relationship between Renaissance Lighting and the HCT Centre of Engineering Excellence, supporting on-going green-technology knowledge transfer between Renaissance Lighting and the colleges' students and faculty.

"The landscape of Dubai is changing forever and these changes must take place with global responsibility in mind," said Dr. Bob Richards, Senior Director-Dubai Men's College. "Sustainability is key to the future of Dubai and the UAE. New approaches to sustainability including solid-state lighting, offer great direction in the global demand for ecologically friendly technology."

Leading the list of dignitaries for "Lighting the Way to a Green Dubai" is the Guest of Honor, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

Featured speakers will include Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of the Emirates Environmental Group and Board Member, UN Global Compact; Dan Savage, Design Manager-Above Ground Stations, Dubai Metro, Atkins; Ali bin Towaih, Chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council, and executives from Renaissance Lighting.

A founding member of the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), Mrs. Marashi's presentation will outline the EEG's initiative to plant one million trees in the U.A.E. The EEG, founded in 1991 with a focus on the environment and education, is a voluntary, non-profit, private organization open to all nationalities and ages. Mrs. Al Marashi is also a founder member of Emirates Green Building Council and a Board Member of the UN Global Compact.

Mr. Savage will discuss how efficient lighting design and technologies can improve power consumption and reduce negative carbon dioxide emissions. In particular he will highlight Dubai's Lighthouse Project that has impressive plans of eliminating over 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Mr. Ali bin Towaih, Director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (SEED) at TECOM Investments, will discuss green buildings based on his extensive experience in the energy field and vision for a sustainable and environmentally friendly development. Currently, he is working on several projects for the Government of Dubai on developing the renewable energy industry. He initiated the recently launched TECOM Investments Sustainable Development Policy which aims at the optimization of energy management and green building certification.

Both Renaissance Lighting and the HCT Centre of Engineering Excellence acknowledged that the subject matter of this special series of presentations is expected to be of extreme importance to members of the international architectural community, interior and lighting designers, electrical and lighting engineers, lighting specifiers, developers, green building experts, environmentalists, engineering academics and government officials.

About Renaissance Lighting:
Renaissance Lighting, headquartered in Herndon, VA, USA, produces highly creative lighting products delivering exceptional appearance, superior efficiency, and glare-free illumination for all architectural applications. The company's innovative approach to product engineering and design is supported by 27 patents including its optical and feedback control technologies.

About HCT Centre of Engineering Excellence:
The system of the Higher Colleges of Technology is a community of more than 16,000 students and almost 2,000 staff based on 16 campuses throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - the largest higher education institution in the UAE. The HCT Centre of Engineering Excellence (CoEE), located at Dubai Men's College is dedicated to the development of cutting edge Engineering programs and the enhancement of student learning through the active involvement of industry, the community and individuals in the UAE and in the region.

About Dubai Men's College:
Dubai Men's College was opened in 1989 as part of the Higher Colleges of Technology. The college is committed to providing a high quality, career-oriented education for UAE Nationals in a dynamic and positive atmosphere that encourages creative and constructive thought.

About Victory Technologies International:
Victory is a full-fledged IT and e-Business Communication company providing multidimensional services to its clients. The company formed in 1996 and rechristened as Victory in 2001, is a Dubai, UAE (Covering Middle-East and North Africa Region ) based organization with business associates in India ( Development Centre), USA, Canada & Singapore ( Covering SE Asia Region ), It has a global reach to deliver and service it's clients.

About Stellatek Solutions:
Stellatek Solutions, LLC. is a strategic consultancy and implementation service company that focuses on assisting value added product and services to companies seeking to expand their sales presence in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Contact
Joe Arimond Renaissance Lighting Ph: 847-381-1205

E-mail:jarimond@renaissancelighting.com

Web Site:www.renaissancelighting.com/

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