Kim Lighting, City of Industry, Calif., a manufacturer of outdoor architectural lighting, has provided outdoor lighting for the Chatham Borough 9-11 Memorial in Chatham, N.J. The donation was made as part of Kim Lighting's “Shine The Light” initiative.

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, claimed the lives of 13 residents of Chatham. At a ceremony at 9:11 a.m. on Sept. 7, the town unveiled a public memorial to those killed, most of whom were fathers who were at work at the time of the attacks.

The memorial was constructed using two 12-foot beams from the World Trade Center. A waterfall graces the middle of the memorial, which also includes 13 plaques, one for each Chatham resident killed. The memorial was entirely funded by private donations, as well as the services of local contractors.

“An entire town came together to pay tribute to 13 members of its community who lost their lives in this tragic incident,” says Bill Foley, vice president and general manager of Kim Lighting. “Kim Lighting is honored to be able to support this effort and provide lighting to illuminate such a meaningful memorial.”

Shine The Light is a national program developed by Kim Lighting that provides outdoor lighting products to community groups, non-profit organizations and municipal landmarks that are in need of lighting but lack the necessary funds. The initiative also raises awareness of the importance of proper lighting for ensuring community safety as well as beautification.

In other news, Kim Lighting also launched an effort to help municipalities across the country to meet environmental and performance needs of local governments and city planners responsible for lighting their communities and urban areas.

City planners and engineers are faced with the challenge of putting light where it is needed, and eliminating light where it is not wanted. Lighting issues such as light pollution and light trespass need to be addressed so lighting can be properly directed.

As municipalities are becoming increasingly aware of environmental and energy use issues, Kim Lighting is offering to help communities “go green” while maintaining quality and performance. Kim Lighting's solutions include LED-based products that reduce lighting energy consumption without sacrificing illumination, thereby lowering costs and improving sustainability without sacrificing productivity.

Many communities in the midst of either redevelopment or revitalization are reconsidering the lighting of their downtown streetscapes, residential neighborhoods and business districts. Security and safety, aesthetics, energy use and environmental impact are among the many factors that municipal planners must think about when making planning decisions.

As part of the campaign, Kim Lighting is promoting the fact that all its products are produced with sustainable technologies that minimize impact on the environment, including the use of energy-efficient lighting in its plants, eliminating heavy metals and VOCs and using recycled content in manufacturing processes.

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