On the Radio: Pocahontas Iowa changes lights to help the environment


An LED streetlight. Photo by meltedplastic, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights environmental efforts of Pocahontas, Iowa.

Pocahontas, Iowa might be a small town, but it’s making a big difference for our environment.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus on sustainable communities.

The 1,700-person town in northwest Iowa replaced all 280 of its street lamps with LED light bulbs. This measure will make the lights shine brighter while using half as much electricity. Because of this, Pocahontas will make up their $190,000 investment in less than just four years.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, widespread adoption of LED lighting by 2025 will reduce electricity demand for lighting by 62 percent, eliminate 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions and save the U.S. over $280 billion.

Other Iowa towns should consider taking Pocahontas’ lead, and look into the possibility of switching to LED lighting.

For more information on Pocahontas’ efforts, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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