Move over Charlie Brown. Move over Ralphie and Randy. There’s a new holiday classic in town. Or should we say, in tahn. In honor of our base of operations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we present Toots and Sophie, two hometahn gals, in their first video adventure written, produced, and directed by Akoya and starring our very own Amy (as Toots) and Sophie (as herself). Rich Schutte was the director of photography and dialogue coach. We hope you enjoy our three minutes of yuletide cheer, Pittsburgh-style.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting Program includes market development support to ensure appropriate application of SSL products and avoid buyer dissatisfaction and delay of market development. This week, DOE holds the seventh annual SSL Market Introduction Workshop in Pittsburgh, enabling participants to share the latest insights, updates, and strategies for the successful market introduction of high-quality solid-state lighting products. This workshop is one of three annual DOE workshops designed to explore all aspects of the rapidly evolving SSL market. Annually, Akoya helps coordinate these workshops throughout each stage of the event—from planning to wrap-up—and provides a comprehensive communications package.
The Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing R&D Initiative works to develop government-industry partnerships focused on cost reduction and quality improvements of SSL products, and on supporting SSL manufacturing efforts in the U.S. This week, DOE holds the fourth annual SSL Manufacturing R&D Workshop in San Jose, CA, enabling participants to gain a cutting-edge perspective on manufacturing issues related to LED and OLED lighting. This workshop is one of three annual DOE workshops designed to explore all aspects of the rapidly evolving SSL market. Annually, Akoya helps coordinate these workshops throughout each stage of the event — from planning to wrap-up —and provides a comprehensive communications package.
BTP is hosting two significant meetings this week that together comprise the Commercial Buildings Energy Alliance (CBEA) Efficiency Forum. Both meetings take place at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, in the nation’s largest net-zero energy office building. In the CBEA All-Member annual meeting on May 23, participants will set energy targets and membership goals, report on the impacts of previous CBEA projects, assess the status of 2012 work, and brainstorm possible 2013 activities. On May 24, the first-ever CBEA Executive Exchange with Commercial Building Stakeholders will take place. Executives from the manufacturing, service provider, financial, A/E, and utility communities will engage with CBEA members in an array of targeted roundtable discussions focused on energy-efficiency deployment challenges and opportunities. Akoya will be present to lend support and help coordinate the meetings.
LIGHTFAIR® International, the world’s largest commercial lighting trade show and conference, has become increasingly dominated by solid-state lighting products over the past few years. The Department of Energy will be on hand at LIGHTFAIR this week to provide unbiased information and tutorials so that users and potential users of SSL can understand the issues with this emerging technology. As DOE shares its perspective and resources with thousands of LIGHTFAIR attendees, Akoya will be there to help coordinate and support the DOE team.
Municipalities across the country are looking for every possible way to deliver essential services more economically. That’s why interest in LED streetlights is running so strong. Yet, as products proliferate in the marketplace, how can city managers make informed choices about LED technologies? The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid State Street Lighting Consortium and the Clinton Climate Initiative, developed a powerful new tool to help managers perform the complex cost-benefit analyses needed for sound decision-making. Akoya’s challenge: to promote the new tool and provide easily accessible instructions on its use. Our answer: a quick-view instructional video series, designed to help cities start using – and benefiting from – the tool as soon as it was released. To download the tool or view the videos, see www.ssl.energy.gov/financial-tool.html.
Akoya recently developed a PSA for VA about the vital role women play in the U.S. Military and the importance of providing women Veterans with high quality health care. It’s part of VA’s ongoing campaign to raise public awareness that women are Veterans. Days later, a piece in North Carolina’s Fayetteville Observer echoed the PSA’s sentiments perfectly.