Episode #
5
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Angie Martinez: Lighting a New Path, With LEDs & Bold Leaps

In this Episode
Angie Martinez
she/her
Senior Right-of-Way Manager
City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility & Infrastructure
Matt Scott
he/him
Manager, Storytelling & Engagement
“Your experience is representative of a lot of other experiences that don’t always get to be represented in the places we find ourselves... And so if you're thinking about it, you can do it and you should do it.”
In this Episode
Angie Martinez
she/her
Senior Right-of-Way Manager
City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility & Infrastructure
Matt Scott
he/him
Manager, Storytelling & Engagement

Angie’s Story

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are lighting a path in the city of Pittsburgh to make communities safer and healthier and help to create a better world for people and the planet. Angie Martinez works at the city of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and oversees lighting for streets and in buildings through the management of the city’s public spaces and infrastructure. The switch to LEDs is a smart choice because they are the most energy-efficient light bulbs available. Unlike traditional incandescent light bulbs and other less efficient forms of lighting, LEDs reduce our electricity consumption by transferring most of their energy into light rather than heat. And because they have a longer life span they are more cost-efficient, making the switch to LEDs a smart drawdown solution for our climate. LEDs in the city of Pittsburgh are helping to light the way to a new path for a better world for all of us, and for our future generations.

Discussion Questions

One of the most important things you can do when it comes to climate change is talk about it.

  • LEDs light up to 90 percent more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs. Do you know what kind of lighting is used in your classroom or at home? 

  • Often local energy utilities have programs that promote energy-efficient practices, including the use of LEDs. Do you know who your local energy utility is? Do they offer free or rebated LEDs, so that you can make the switch if you haven’t already?

  • In college, Angie developed an interest in environmental issues, and after learning more about climate change, she had a realization that she wanted to be in a career where she felt she could make a meaningful impact in solutions. How did you first learn about climate change? What are examples of solutions that you are a part of?

  • Angie is a first-generation college student. The motivates Angie to “set the stage for others.” She recognizes the importance of representation from a diversity of perspectives and experiences in climate careers, and she believes that her representation will help make it easier for others to see themselves as influential leaders who can make an impact. Do you see yourself as a climate leader? What representation in perspective or experience would further encourage you to see yourself in this way?

  • Angie is part of helping to determine the decisions and direction for the city’s built infrastructure in Pittsburgh. Currently, the majority of street lights in the city of Pittsburgh are high-pressure sodium bulbs, which are a highly inefficient source of lighting. These lights are now reaching the end of their natural life, which means there is an opportunity to create a significant impact in emissions reductions by simply switching them to LEDs. Yet, sometimes these seemingly easy opportunities to make responsible, climate-smart choices are missed by decision-makers. How can you use your voice to ask city officials to make decisions with climate in mind? In your school what are ways that you can talk to administrators to advocate for climate solutions within your school?

Learn More

Learn about the solutions in this story.

Explore Climate Solutions 101, the world's first major educational effort focused solely on solutions. This video series combines Project Drawdown’s trusted resources with the expertise of inspiring voices from around the world: drawdown.org/climate-solutions-101.

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