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Solar House Competition

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

As Santa Clara University competes this week in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy's contest to build solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive, the University's team distinguishes itself by the attention it pays to the ethical issues behind creating a sustainable home.

The ethics analysis was spurred by two Environmental Ethics Fellows from the Ethics Center.  Allie Sibole, now a junior, broke down the ethical issues in the use of all the major materials, from aluminum to steel, chosen by the team to build the house.  She also examined all of the categories used to judge the competition.

Melissa Giorgi, who graduated in June, focused on the community outreach aspects of the project with a particular focus on how to extend the benefits of solar energy to low income communities.

The Environmental Ethics Fellowship is made possible by a gift from John and Joan Casey.