Office supply company earns Orion green award

The Phillips Group reduces greenhouse gas emissions with lighting change

The Phillips Group of Middletown, Pa., has received the Orion Energy Systems Environmental Stewardship Award for a lighting change that substantially reduces electricity use and the emission of greenhouse gases.

Orion presents the award to companies that significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gases through the use of Orion’s patented lighting products and systems.

Phillips, a leading independent office products company, retrofitted its corporate office and warehouse with Orion’s patented high-efficient fluorescent platform, reducing electricity usage by 223,439 kilowatt-hours. The reduction in energy is expected to save The Phillips Group $19,190 annually in light-related energy costs.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Orion with this award,” said David Fleischer, Phillips’ chief information officer and director of facilities, “particularly because it symbolizes our company’s commitment to being good corporate citizens and caring for our environment.”

Added Peter Phillips, president of The Phillips Group: “We’ve found that reduced energy use and increased recycling don’t just make us feel good, but they’re really integral to the efficient and successful operation of our businesses.”

In addition to the energy cost savings, the lighting retrofit will keep 175 tons of carbon dioxide and 42 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere annually. The reduction in greenhouse gases over 20 years equates to planting 820 acres of trees, removing 660 cars from the road or saving 423,640 gallons of gasoline, according to the EPA.

The environmental benefits and energy cost savings of the Phillips Group project are possible because Orion fixtures have been engineered to use a specially formed, highly reflective surface to harvest light emitted from all sides of a fluorescent tube and direct it downward.

“Making changes to your lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut costs and conserve energy,” said Frank Richards, president of Richards Energy Group, a Landisville, Pa., energy consultant that handled the Phillips retrofit. “We are happy to assist in the process and consider the outcome an extreme success.”

“We’re glad to have helped The Phillips Group benefit from energy efficiency,” said Orion President and CEO Neal Verfuerth. “We’ve worked hard over the years to develop products that save energy and money, while helping the environment and at the same time provide better and stronger light without our customer having to sacrifice; so it’s not exactly a surprise to us.

“The best part was that to get all this, The Phillips Group didn’t have to do without or give up anything. That’s the way we like to see things work.”

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Photo from left to right: Frank Richards, president of Richards Energy Group and David Fleischer, chief information officer of The Phillips Group.

    About The Phillips Group

Based in Middletown, Pa., The Phillips Group is a provider of office supplies, office furniture and document management products, serving central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. Phillips also includes Overnight Office, an office furniture installation and moving company at 800 Paxton St., Harrisburg, and Full Circle Copier Outlet at 100 Market St., Lemoyne. For more information visit

    About Richards Energy Group

Richards Energy Group (REG) is an independent ‘energineering’ firm dedicated to cutting energy costs for industrial, commercial, and institutional users. We work for energy consumers, not suppliers, vendors, or utilities. Using our many years of utility-related experience, we are able to minimize the energy bills paid by our clients. REG offers a full spectrum of consulting services: a power-purchasing consortium; energy, sales tax and billing audits; lighting retrofits; and real-time metering. Visit our website at

    Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: OESX)

is a leading power technology enterprise that designs, manufactures and implements energy management systems, consisting primarily of high-performance, energy efficient lighting systems, controls and related services, for commercial and industrial customers without compromising their quantity or quality of light. Orion has deployed its energy management systems in 3,762 facilities across North America. Since 2001, Orion technology has displaced more than 357 megawatts, saving customers more than $402 million and reducing indirect carbon dioxide emissions by 3.6 million tons. For more information, visit

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Linda Diedrich
Director Corporate Communications

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David Fleischer
Chief Information Officer

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