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Santa Clara University Students to Show How Living Green Isn't a Compromise at Earth Day Festival in San Francisco
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 13, 2010 – Santa Clara University students who built an award-winning 800-square-foot, solar-powered house are headed to San Francisco for Earth Day to show homeowners how to make their homes energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, and livable. They will be at the Earth Day Festival on Thursday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Visitors will see and learn about:
• Various green building materials and technologies for homes;
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 office is sponsoring this event and invited SCU to help Bay Area residents understand that living green isn’t a compromise.
“We learned so much about sustainability and green technology during the two years we spent on designing, engineering, and building our house for the Solar Decathlon,” said SCU engineering junior Mikell Warms. “So, we want to share what we learned with the others to help them live comfortably and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time without sacrificing their needs.”
Some of the hi-tech features that SCU students used in their solar-powered home include:
The Solar Decathlon is a competition that determines which university or college can build the most energy-efficient, beautiful home, which is 100 percent powered by the sun. SCU students won third place last fall, beating Penn State, Rice, and Virginia Tech.
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