September 18, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College students who want to be both brighter and cooler can exchange their old incandescent light bulbs for new compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) at no cost from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Keefe Campus Center at the college.

CFLs provide brighter light than conventional bulbs but use only a quarter of the energy and also run cooler, because they use a fraction of the power. They also last eight times as long. One CFL should last through all four years of a college career. Changing just one light bulb can save 130 pounds of greenhouse gas a year, enough to fill a small office. If all 1,600 Amherst students change a bulb, they will save enough CO2 to fill the college swimming pool 82 times.

The exchange is sponsored by the Amherst College Physical Plant and MassPIRG. The Amherst College Physical Plant will offer a free pizza party to the dormitory with the best participation rate.