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Legrand North and Central America Announce 2019 Energy Marathon 3.0, a Company-Wide Energy Reduction Program

West Hartford, CT
September 30, 2019

​​​​​​​Legrand North and Central America, a global innovation leader in power, light, and data technologies for homes, workplaces, and data centers, today announced that Thursday, October 3rd will kick off the company’s third Energy Marathon.

Energy Marathon is a company-wide employee engagement competition designed to save as much energy as possible through ready-to-implement technology and process changes, and to reshape energy usage behaviors. Previously held in 2014 and 2016, this year’s event has expanded to include several new sites that have become part of the company since 2017, bringing the total to 26 competing locations.

Based on the length of a marathon, 26.2 miles, the event takes place over a 26.2-day period. Through friendly competition, facility managers and employees are motivated to find new and innovative ways to save energy. The goal of the competition is to establish and sustain energy behavior changes and develop energy savings best practices that can be adopted permanently.

In 2016, 22 competing sites saved a total of 722,941 kWh and $79,725. Legrand North and Central America also reduced electricity use by 15.9% during the event. Individual site reductions strategies included ensuring machines, lights and other equipment were properly shut down at the end of the work day, as well as re-configuring lighting controls to only illuminate occupied spaces at any given time.

The 2019 “Energy Marathon 3.0” has been reimagined as a team-based competition and similar sites have been paired to compete for the award as a single team. This structure encourages teams to share best practices as they drive for the prize together.

“In our previous Energy Marathons, we were extremely impressed with our employee’s resourcefulness in finding new and impactful ways to save energy,” stated Susan Rochford, Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Public Policy, Legrand North and Central America. “This year, with the new structure, we are looking forward to seeing how the teams learn from one another to deploy innovative ways to reduce our energy consumption for both short and long term.”

About Legrand and Legrand, North and Central America
​​​​​​ Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Drawing on an approach that involves all teams and stakeholders, Legrand is pursuing its strategy of profitable and sustainable growth driven by acquisitions and innovation, with a steady flow of new offerings—including connected products stemming from Legrand’s global Eliot (Electricity and IoT) program. Legrand is one of the most sustainable companies in the world, as ranked by the Corporate Knights, and is committed to achieving carbon, water, and waste reductions in its operations, deepening its community relationships, and continuously improving the environmental profile of its products. Legrand reported sales of around $7.1 billion (USD) in 2018. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known market brands and product lines. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, www.legrand.us.


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