Specifying Sustainable Luminaires

Scott Roos, Acuity Brands

Location: Murray Hill

March 19, 2024
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Credits 1 LU | Elective


This fact-filled presentation provides an overview of the elements of sustainability and how to best specify sustainably designed luminaires. By providing an in depth understanding of what each element is and how it can be best assessed, evaluated and compared, a blueprint will be provided for how to identify, select and apply the most sustainable luminaires in your projects. The presentation will highlight gaps and emerging solutions in the design, application and assessment of sustainable luminaires. Be prepared, some of the material may challenge your thinking as to what aspects of a luminaire really have the biggest environmental impact!

A basic understanding of specifying luminaires for projects is helpful, but not necessary for this presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the key elements of sustainability & their impacts including Embodied & Operational Carbon, Materials Responsibility & Workplace Social Responsibility
  • Understand the various methods of assessing sustainability including Circular Design, Life Cycle Assessments and Materials Transparency
  • Gain a working knowledge of the luminaire related sustainability requirements of WELL, LEED and The Living Building Challenge
  • Apply the principals discussed to specify the most environmentally responsible lighting equipment for your project.



Scott Roos
Scott Roos
VP Sustainability and Business Optimization, Specialty Lighting
Acuity Brands

2024 marks Scott's 46th year in lighting, a career that has encompassed product design, marketing, product management, strategy development and lighting education. Products Scott has worked on have earned numerous patents and awards including the Industrial Design Excellence Award and LightFair's Most Innovative Product and Technical Innovation awards. He has always been involved in pushing the envelope for critical topics of the time, from driving the adoption of low voltage lighting and CFL lamps in the 1980s and 90s to developing the first commercially viable LED track and recessed solutions in the early 2000s and most recently being a grain of sand in the oyster to push us to embrace wellness and sustainability as fundamental elements of good lighting. Scott has a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois and an MBA from De Paul University. When he is not working he enjoys traveling, yoga, cooking, walking in nature, writing, advocating for peace and non-violence and spending quality time with his wife, six children, grandchildren and close friends.

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