DOE's Solar Decathlon Offsets Visitor's Travel Emissions

DOE's Solar Decathlon Offsets Visitor's Travel Emissions

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 4:15pm

CONTENT: Press Release

October 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a collegiate home building competition, lowered the carbon footprint of the event by purchasing carbon offsets from TerraPass to mitigate estimated greenhouse gas emissions created by attendee travel.

The Southern California Institute of Architecture, on behalf of the attendees of  the Solar Decathlon, offset 1,036,162 lbs of CO2e through TerraPass to balance emissions from driving and flying to the event. That is equivalent to the electricity use of 71 homes in the US for one year (   

The competition aims to educate students about the money saving and environmental benefits of using solar energy to power homes. The Solar Decathlon ran October 3 through 13, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.

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