Electrical Connection partners with St. Louis Cardinals and PLANLED to launch SHINE STL lighting program

THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTION, the IBEW/NECA team that installed new LED lighting at Busch Stadium over the winter is now donating services to provide specialized LED lighting to three area schools in a pilot program called SHINE STL. Announcing the new program are (from left) re Dr. Kelvin Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools; Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection; Michael Hall, vice president of community relations and the executive director of Cardinals Care; Ozzie Smith; Joe Abernathy, vice president, facility planning and engineering, St. Louis Cardinals; John Hwang, CEO, PLANLED; and Bill DeWitt III, president, St. Louis Cardinals. – Bill Greenblatt photo

Better lighting delivers better educational outcomes, not to mention improved cost efficiencies. That’s the reason behind the SHINE STL Program launched on June 4, 2019 in partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals Care, PLANLED, the Electrical Connection and the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation.

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). It represents more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW electricians and the more than 150 NECA electrical contractors who employ them.

Ozzie Smith, National Baseball and Cardinals Hall of Famer, was named the SHINE STL Ambassador.

According to PLANLED, integrating daylight and electric light to create lighting strategies focused on human health, along with traditional requirements for visual acuity and comfort, can lead to healthier and more productive environments.

St. Louis Public Schools Lyon Academy, Gateway Elementary and Gateway Michael will each receive lighting upgrades through the program. SHINE STL will donate the lighting retrofit materials, and The Electrical Connection will donate the labor to install them for a computer lab classroom at Lyon Academy, the gymnasium at Gateway Elementary, and the multi-purpose room at Gateway Michael.

“This program wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partners at The Electrical Connection,” said Michael Hall, vice president of community relations and the executive director of Cardinals Care.

“To build a great team, you get the best players with the necessary skills and talents to succeed,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president of the Electrical Connection. “The Electrical Connection is proud to have been selected to be a part of this team for this project and beyond. Our contractors have been an integral part of building and updating all three Busch Stadiums, including the new LED lighting this year by PLANLED. Now, we will help introduce Human Centric Lighting and its energy efficiencies to St. Louis Public Schools in this innovative pilot program.”

For more information on the SHINE STL Program visit cardinals.com/shine.



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