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Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for August 17, 2012

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Dear Friends,

It might be the August recess in Washington, D.C., but I've been busy here in the Fourth District the past couple of weeks. It's good to be home for a brief respite, which affords me the opportunity to listen to constituents' thoughts and concerns.

This week, I was pleased to visit Acuity Brands Lighting at their Conyers plant off Sigman Road.

Acuity is one of the leading manufacturers of lighting equipment in the world. They are based in Atlanta and employ about 6,000 people worldwide with net sales of more than $2 billion. They operate U.S. facilities in Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, California, Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, and have sales staff in all 50 states.

I'm proud that such an innovative and eco-conscience company resides in our district. Acuity is leading the way in sustainability -- not only in the products they make -- but in the design of their facilities worldwide.

And I'm pleased that I could help pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on direct solar -- one of the modern technologies Acuity has embraced -- to authorize that direct solar be a part of the statutory goal that 25 percent of the energy utilized by the Department of Defense facilities comes from renewable energy sources by 2025.

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