Lighting the path to a better world: Sustaining our environment, society, and economy with equity and justice for all

Recorded On: 08/17/2023

About this Course

The IES offers Educational Webinars throughout the year, purposefully spanning a broad range of topics and speaker expertise. 

Description: As efforts to mitigate climate change and promote energy equity and environmental justice are gaining momentum, the lighting industry is looking for practical pathways to deploy their skills, perspectives, and influence to make the world a better place. This webinar brings together three unique but cross-cutting perspectives addressing practical approaches and relevant considerations for use by any member of the lighting community. Presenters begin by exploring the benefits of life-cycle thinking and its basic application to any design, product, or system; then it considers cultural humility including simple ways to start to recognize biases; and concludes with some initial takeaways identified through the PNNL Energy Equity and Justice working group for integrating equity and justice into our daily work. 

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is pleased to offer a special, five-part, free webinar series on “Big Questions” in the lighting industry today. Advanced lighting systems can provide improved occupant health and productivity, better control, increased use of data, all with more sustainable product design. At the same time, new capabilities raise a host of questions with significant energy and environmental implications. Lighting researchers tackle big questions, and this webinar series will share the latest perspectives from PNNL experts and partners in pursuit of the best answers.


Lighting the path to a better world: Sustaining our environment, society, and economy with equity and justice for all
Open to view video.  |  63 minutes
Open to view video.  |  63 minutes This video is required for course completion.
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available

Tyler Harris

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tyler Harris from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shares his expertise in triple-bottom-line sustainability engineering, life-cycle thinking and assessments, and resource policy analysis – in addition to his artistic flair – with his fellow collaborators at PNNL and beyond. He aims to expand the awareness and usage of sustainability engineering, where the complex and dynamic interplay of social, economic, and environmental impacts and concerns are quantitatively assessed and balanced.

Kate Hickcox

Lighting Research Scientist


Kate Hickcox joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a lighting research scientist in 2020. She is a creative thinker in the field of lighting, with over 18 years of experience in both lighting research and lighting design. No matter which hat she’s wearing, her goals are simple – to provide equitable and universal lighting solutions that support humans and the environment.

Keely Denenberg

Senior VP

Orange Grove Consulting

Keely Denenberg from Orange Grove Consulting supports impactful operational equity, inclusion, and employee engagement solutions for a range of clients. She is passionate about supporting organizational diversity and equity in order to create more innovative and inclusive workplaces for talent at all levels.