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Akoya Helps U.S. Department of Energy Tame the “Wild West” of Connected Lighting

CLSpicSince 2015, Akoya has helped position the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the trusted, impartial “sheriff” of the nascent connected lighting field— which has been a “Wild West” of competing technical standards, divergent business models, exaggerated or over-simplified claims by some manufacturers, and a lack of systems compatibility.

One way we’ve done this is by publicizing and managing popular connected lighting systems (CLS) workshopsthe latest of which took place last month in Santa Clara, California—that bring together leaders from IT, lighting, and other fields.

We also keep a drumbeat of CLS messaging with email blasts, populate the DOE website with useful CLS information and tools—such as an animated video and infographics we created— and earn coverage of CLS in key trade publications. This is helping to overcome market barriers so that connected lighting and advanced controls can achieve their potential of nearly doubling the energy savings from LED lighting alone.

To learn more, read our CLS Project Profile.

Akoya Awarded 2016 Telly Award for Food Bank Video

telly_site_bugs_bronzeWe are pleased to announce that our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” video produced for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was selected as a winner at the 37th annual Telly Awards! With over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors” was shot at the Food Bank warehouse and other locations around Pittsburgh and includes on-camera interviews with CEO Lisa Scales and members of her staff as well as people in the community who rely on the Food Bank when times are tough. The video has been used for fundraising purposes since its completion in the summer of 2015.

Check out the video here.

Akoya wins PR Daily’s 2014 Nonprofit PR Award for Hospital Organ Donation Campaign

Let Life Bloom WPFL logoAkoya is the proud recipient of the PR Daily’s 2014 Nonprofit PR Award for Best Membership/Recruiting Campaign for its work on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, which enlists the help of hospitals nationwide to educate the public about organ donation and encourage people to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Akoya helped conceptualize the outreach campaign and recruit hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and national partners such as the American Hospital Association. Akoya also developed the communication materials, including a scorecard on which hospitals can record their organ donation awareness activities and later earn recognition from HHS and other national organizations. The hospital campaign is part of the Workplace Partnership for Life program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS. The campaign, now in its fourth year, has added 327,815 organ donors to the national registry.