Letter to schools with completed relighting

posted Oct 1, 2014, 11:10 AM by Sylwia Jasinski   [ updated Oct 1, 2014, 12:35 PM ]

Dear Member of John J. Pershing I.S. 220 Community,


In February 2011, New York City announced a comprehensive plan to increase the energy efficiency and environmental quality of NYC schools. As part of the plan, the Department of Education (DOE) removed the fluorescent lighting fixtures in our school building and replaced them with new energy efficient units that do not contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  This work will not only ensure a safer learning environment for your children but also will provide significant environmental benefits and energy savings for the City. 


PCBs, a manmade substance, were commonly used in electrical equipment and certain building materials from 1950 to 1978.  The DOE has identified over 700 school buildings with fluorescent lighting fixtures that may contain PCBs, and has developed a systematic approach to remove and replace them as has already been done in our building.   


For more information about the City’s comprehensive plan and its lighting replacement projects, please go to http://www.nycsca.org/Community/Programs/EPA-NYC-PCB/Pages/default.aspx.



Loretta M. Witek,