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2015 Earth Hour

March 23rd, 2015 by rebeccav

2015 Earth HourOn Saturday, March 28,  2015 at 8:30pm, ITC Incorporated and our employees will join hundreds of millions of people across the globe in switching off the lights of our business premises and our homes for one
hour – Earth Hour, to help change climate change. By taking part in this global ‘LIGHTS OFF’ event we will be acknowledging our commitment to personal and operational actions that go beyond the hour and will benefit the planet in 2015.

We would like to invite you, to join us in what promises to be an amazing and inspiring global celebration of our collective commitment to the planet.

In the past year ITC has been analyzing what we can do to reduce our impact on the earth and improve our business. A few of the changes that we have implemented include:

  • Increasing our recycling program in our offices, shipping, and manufacturing areas with the addition of more recycling bins and opportunities to reuse, reduce, and recycle packing materials.
  • Reviewed our water usage in manufacturing and testing areas and installed closed systems allowing us to cut down on the amount of waste water.
  • Installed LED lighting in our manufacturing areas to improve the quality and quantity of light for our team members while reducing our electricity usage and cost. Within most of our office areas we have removed at least some of the fluorescent tube lighting in the ceiling fixtures and rely more on our LED desk task lights.

In 2015 ITC plans to continue to look at ways our company can operate more efficiently, waste less, and reduce our environmental footprint as our commitment goes beyond the hour for Earth Hour.

Sustainable practices aren’t just good for the bottom line. We all have a stake in the future of our planet and must learn to operate in ways that don’t deplete our world’s limited natural resources.

Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – in Sydney, Australia – in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 162 countries/territories across every continent switching off their lights for Earth Hour, creating history as the world’s greatest environmental action.

Participating in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30-9:30 p.m. is easy, fun and absolutely free – just turn off your lights!

For more information visit and celebrate with the people of the world your commitment to the one thing we all have in common – the planet.

ITC Sponsors Boys & Girls Club

March 16th, 2015 by rebeccav

B&G Club Steak and BurgerITC Incorporated Sponsors The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland’s Annual Awareness and Fund Raising Event.
On March 19, 2015 The Boys and Girls Club will host its annual awareness and fund raiser with Connor O’Leary, professional cyclist, cancer survivor, and 2014 Amazing Race winner, as guest speaker. ITC has been a supporter of the club for several years and is proud to participate as a Gold Sponsor for the 2015 Steak ‘n Burger Dinner event.
The event will include club alumni and 80-100 of the most deserving current club members for an evening of awards, fun, and meeting the inspiring Connor O’Leary. Held at the Haworth Center in Holland the event is an opportunity for community leaders to interact with the club members and learn more about the mission of the club, which is to empower children and teens, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
To learn more about the event and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland visit their website. To learn more about ITC’s community involvement visit our social–outreach page.

2015 West Michigan Home & Garden Show

March 5th, 2015 by rebeccav

WMHG Show 2015-Counter

If this winter is giving you cabin fever, then check out the West Michigan Home and Garden Show this weekend in Grand Rapids at Devos Place. We are very excited that three local companies will be displaying multiple elio lights. Check them out to get inspiration for your next home improvement project. We hope to see you there!

*All photos are from the Harder & Warner display. A big thanks for letting us take the photos.

Harder & Warner Landscaping & Garden Center

West Michigan Granite & Tile

Grand Installations

Luna Trellis_2015 HGS     Luna Exterior Back Lighting_2015 HGS     Luna Waterfall_2015 HGS


Annual Toys for Tots Drive

December 29th, 2014 by rebeccav

Toys for TotsEvery year ITC Incorporated participates in the Marine Corp. Toys for Tots toy drive, and this year was no exception. As with previous years, the box was overflowing by the time it was picked up. Thank you to all the ITC staff who spent time and money to give to such a worthy cause. We can’t wait for next year to see if we can break our record!

Focus on Longevity & Time Savings

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Residential_Press_ImageAccording to the trade publication “Remodeling” the average kitchen renovation costs $54,000. While lighting may only be a small portion of the cost on a kitchen renovation, it should still be looked at as an investment. Cabinetry and countertops are expected to last for 20 years so why not lighting? Check out our white paper to learn why LEDs are the better option for your kitchen renovation.

By Rebecca Vantatenhove
Customer Service & Marketing Associate

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Focus on Increased Product Sales & Savings

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Refrigerated_Meat_DisplayLEDs are often specified for retail applications due to their long life, and reduced energy usage. But what if they could extend the shelf life of store products? Read our white paper and find out how LEDs can not only save money but increase sales as well.

By Rebecca Vantatenhove
Customer Service & Marketing Associate

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The Ergonomics of Light

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

White_Maia_on_DeskIt’s common knowledge that proper seating and posture have a significant effect on worker comfort, but what about lighting? The ergonomics of lighting is just as important as your desk chair and many studies show that poor lighting can lead to headaches and eye fatigue. To find out more about the ergonomics and cost savings of LEDs check out our white paper.

By Rebecca Vantatenhove
Customer Service & Marketing Associate

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Living In Place

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Home_Health_-_ToiletBaby boomers are the most wealthy age group in the country. They are more active and physically fit than their parents generation and are changing the way we think about senior housing. According to a recent interview with Margaret Wylde in Long Term Living. Baby boomers don’t want to be called seniors and they don’t want to “Age in Place”. They expect and demand well designed facilities with attractive products like the IllumaGrip. Below is an excerpt from the interview:

“They want comfort. And what gives you comfort? A sense of safety and security, a sense of control. And we all want competance in our environment. This is where the architects come in [to foster] the feeling that we’re capable of doing what we need to do in our environment. Whether that’s taking a bath or getting from one room to another. Being able to take care of our environment, to change a lightbulb. Putting in good, attractive grab bars instead of those ugly guns you see in bathrooms, demanding manufacturers provide them”

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Aging in Place: How to Design an Accessible Shower

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Bath_Pic“Aging in Place” is one of the hot button topics as we continue to discuss baby boomer demands. Technology and resources makes this option a realistic one as opposed to generations past. With safety and mobility as the driving factors, John Whipple’s article targets one of the most important areas in the home of someone looking to age in place, the bathroom. He captures the melting point where design meets functions.

Please check out John’s article at the following link here. If you’re in the North Vancouver area, please connect with John Whipple and see how he can help transform your next renovation or project. We enjoy sharing this great information out there with you!

GSA Report: Occupant Responsive Lighting

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

gsa_logoLast month GSA released a report on the cost savings benefits of Occupant Responsive Lighting. The report emphasizes the enhanced financial benefit of occupancy sensor lighting in addition to the already apparent benefits of energy efficient lighting.

Article Excerpt:
“Through the use of advanced lighting controls, retrofits generally achieved energy savings of around 1 kWh/sf/yr, resulting in calculated annual savings by site ranging from 27% to 63%. The large variations in energy savings were attributable mostly to the way space was used. Spaces where the tenant required…”

To read the entire report, please click the PDF above. Article & download courtesy of GSA. Visit the GSA Green Proving Ground Program at for additional resources.

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