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Solar Decathlon Team helps Appalachian win Green School of the Year Award

solar_homestead_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon Team received the Green School of the Year Award from the N.C. Triangle Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Solar Homestead.jpgThe Solar Homestead on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the 2011 Solar Decathlon event.

The award was presented at the GreenNC Awards Gala, a celebration of the region’s leaders in green building and sustainability.Appalachian was one of 19 schools that competed in the biannual solar decathlon which charges schools with designing, building and operating solar powered homes that are cost effective, energy efficient and attractive. The homes were judged for affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The team brought a model of their design to the awards dinner and provided an informative question and answer session afterwards. Jackie Stewart, an interior design major and the assistant design director for the Solar Homestead, represented Appalachian at the gala.

The Green Public Official of the Year award went to Libby James of the Greensboro Transit Authority. The Green Municipality of the Year award went to the City of Durham. The Green Market Transformer of the Year went to the Austin Residence. The Green Community Leader of the Year award was presented to Clean Energy Durham. The Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Julia Janaro.

For more information about the awards, visit www.triangleusgbc.org/component/k2/item/208.