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UNLV Students to Compete in Solar Decathlon

UNLV Students to Compete in Solar Decathlon

 

UNLV students are getting international recognition and a chance to showcase their talents in the Department of Energy International Solar Decathlon.

Students from engineering, architecture, accounting and political science will all work together to build a so-called “net-zero solar house.” The home must be energy efficient and cost effective. It will also be designed to withstand the extremes of the Mojave Desert. At the same time, it will harness some of the advantages of the desert like the year-round sunshine. Plus, once the house is built and tested, the students must disassemble it and move it to the competition site.

The UNLV team will compete against teams from 20 other universities from around the world. The competition is next year in California but work is already underway on the project. Everyone involved say it is a privilege to be part of the cutting-edge effort.

Home Depot Offers Workshop on Energy-Efficient Lighting

Home Depot Offers Workshop on Energy-Efficient Lighting

 

Over the next several years, the country will be phasing out incandescent light bulbs. They’re being replaced with more energy-efficient bulbs.

A lot of people still have questions about the transition. Home Depot is hoping to answer those questions. Every Saturday in January, the home improvement store will be offering how-to classes on light bulbs.

The workshops start at 10 a.m., at all Home Depot Stores. Experts will show people how to choose the right kind of energy-efficient bulb and answer questions about specialty lighting. 

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.