LED Streetlighting and Smart Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges

There has been a lot of enthusiasm for LED streetlights in Denver related to their energy efficiency and opportunities for reduced maintenance and “light pollution”. However, as with most things, it is a bit ore complicated than it seems. The light “temperature” can interfere with the natural cycles of people and animals and the directionality, glare and intensity of light can actually increase light pollution.

The City and County of Denver is currently reviewing the opportunity that a conversion to LED streetlights would provide, including the opportunity to redesig how our streets and sidewalks are lit, opportunities for smart infrastructure where the lights are gateways for information, and enhanced controls.

Sonrisa Lucero from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will share with the group the city’s efforts to understand how best to light its streets and sidewalks for a generation to come.

The meeting format will be as follows:

6:30-7:00pm – Social time and networking 
7:00-7:10pm – Announcements 
7:10-8:00pm –  Presentation and Q&A 
8:00-8:30pm – Wrap up and networking 

This meeting is free for CRES members ($30 membership), with a $10 suggested donation from non-members

Sonrisa Lucero
Sustainability Strategist
Office of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock 

Sonrisa is the Sustainability Strategist in the Office of Sustainability within the Office of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. Her primary responsibilities include collaborating with City agencies to establish sustainability as a core business value and engaging community partners to instill it as a public value. This involves working with others in the city on transforming the typical ways in which projects and processes in the city are analyzed, valuated, and financed. Sonrisa has worked with city agencies and led a public engagement process which included a series of roundtables and breakout sessions in advance of and during the 2015 Sustainable Denver Summit in efforts to develop roadmaps for achieving each of the city’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. 

A Sustainability Engineer with ten years of experience, she brings with her a deep knowledge of energy resources and all facets of sustainable buildings and their impact on the natural and built environment. She has leveraged this experience in her work on the City on the Building Code Review Committee that updated the city building codes to the 2015 version, which included requiring new single-family homes and duplexes to be electric vehicle charging ready; supporting the Energize Denver an effort to improve the energy efficiency of the city’s existing buildings; participating in the state’s development of the Commercial PACE guidelines that will allow for financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy through a special assessment on a property; and is currently participating in the city’s efforts exploring upgrading its streetlights to LEDs. 

Sonrisa has guided over eleven buildings to LEED Certification, including the highest benchmark a building can achieve: LEED Platinum. She has executed complex Energy Savings Performance Contracts, led diverse teams in understanding, articulating and meeting sustainability goals, and has been a successful entrepreneur.
Sonrisa is a graduate of Stanford University with a self-designed degree combining energy resources, policy and economics in the School of Engineering. She is also a Denver native and is passionate about the outdoors and traveling. She lives with her partner Cristina and their sweet dog Luna.