The Diocese of Orlando was recently recognized in the City of Orlando’s Stakeholder Spotlight for efforts to enhance school and worship spaces with energy saving initiatives. The efforts included installing several LED lighting upgrades at the St. Augustine Parish Center in Casselberry; LED Flat Panel upgrade at St. Joseph Catholic School in Winter Haven; and air conditioning and LED Lighting upgrades at Holy Redeemer Parish in Kissimmee. In addition The Diocese of Orlando has installed Human Centric LED lighting technology at Morning Star Catholic School’s newly renovated collaborative learning building that includes an exercise room, demonstration kitchen, and educational centers.
“This could not have happened without the dedication of the facilities director, Patrick Barker, and the various Business Managers and Maintenance Supervisors including Jane Bailey from St. Joseph Parish, Matt Smith from Holy Redeemer Parish, and Douglas “JR” Armstrong, Jr. of Bishop Moore Catholic High School,” said Chris Castro, Senior Energy Advisor, City of Orlando. Barker is Director of Facilities with the Diocese of Orlando Secretariat of Ecclesiastical Property, which is funded by Our Catholic Appeal.
The enhancements at Morning Star Catholic School in particular will have a concrete impact on the lives of the students. The new lighting is designed to enhance alertness, mood and productivity and in this setting, it’s helping children with special needs such as autism.
“The goal is to enhance environmental and human benefits by balancing the needs of the earth and our students and by showing good stewardship of our resources. I see this technology as the future of lighting because it’s lighting the way for new opportunities for students. It saves electricity, reduces maintenance and operating costs and helps students succeed,” said Patrick Barker, Director of Facilities, Diocese of Orlando.
The Diocese of Orlando is committed to following the call of Pope Francis’ Encyclical message to be better stewards of “our common home”.