HARRISBURG, PA- Earlier this month, the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) hosted its 2011 Annual Conference & Expo in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference featured two certification training sessions, as well as numerous educational speakers and seminars. On Thursday, February 3, 2011, AOLP held its annual awards banquet to honor professional excellence in outdoor lighting design. One of the highlights during the banquet was the graduation ceremony for the very first class of Certified Outdoor Lighting Designers (COLD). The COLD program is an advanced level of specialized training in landscape lighting design. It is the only certification program of its kind currently being offered in the industry. Participants spend four years in the program developing their lighting expertise and building on a series of fundamental principles that are universally acknowledged to form the basis of "good and responsible" lighting design. During the program, lighting designers engage in peer group studies, in depth project observation, professional seminars and personal growth projects in order to analyze and better their work. The primary goal of the program is to promote design excellence, while allowing for the development of an individual's own lighting design style. AOLP is proud to announce its first ever graduating class of Certified Outdoor Lighting Designers (COLD): Instructors/Founders Mark Carlson, #1101 Avalon Artistic Landscape Lighting, Roseville, CA Nels Peterson, #1102 Nightfall Landscape Lighting, Chanhassen, MN Matthew Broyles, #1103 Firefly Lighting, LLC, Roswell, GA Pamela Bingham, #1104 Luna Landscape Lighting, Mississauga, Ontario Tom Williams, #1105 Williams Landscape Lighting Design, Portland, OR Janet Lennox Moyer, #1106 Jan Moyer Design, Brunswick, NY (more) Page 2 2011 COLD Graduates Graduates Heinrich Fischer, #1111 Sundown Designs-NY, LLC, Fairport, NY Chris Mitchell, #1112 NiteLiters, Inc., Owensboro, KY John Niggli, #1113 Lightscaping by Niggli Associates, Rochester, NY Brooke Perin, #1114 Wolf Creek Company, Columbus, OH John Pletcher, #1115 Natural Accents Outdoor Lighting, Kansas City, MO Oscar Welch, #1116 Welch Creative Lighting, Windermere, FL Paul Welty, #1117 Innovative Nightscapes, LLC, Portland, OR Michael Southard, #1118 Kichler Landscape Lighting, Cleveland, OH For more information about AOLP or the COLD program, visit our website at www.aolponline.org. The Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals is a national organization representing the interests of lighting professionals. The mission of the organization is to establish standards, educate industry professionals and increase awareness of the outdoor lighting industry. # # # Interviews with COLD graduates can be arranged.