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Sustainability Decathlon 2010
Teams from schools throughout the Bay Area will integrate sustainability into their campuses and community using 10 categories.
  • iconMeet the Participants

    Santa Clara, CA
    Wilcox High School

    San Jose, CA
    The Harker School
    Presentation High School
    Silver Creek High School
    Evergreen High School

    Sunnyvale, CA
    Fremont High School

    Indianapolis, IN
    Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

  • iconMentor Blog

    Each week, the Mentors of the Sustainability Decathlon reflect on issues related to sustainability.

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  • iconThe Decathlon
    The 10 categories of the Sustainability Decathlon encompass the three vital aspects of the sustainability revolution: economic, social and environmental. A detailed toolkit will be provided for each student team. This toolkit will include project ideas and resources related to each category.

    The categories are: technology, collaboration & leadership, environmental justice, art, economics/fundraising, recycling/conservation, connections with nature, science & exploration, awareness, and interdiciplinary.

  • iconProgram History
    The Sustainability Decathlon was created in 2007 as a platform to communicate sustainability and engage local youth–an outreach component of the SCU Solar Decathlon project. The Solar Decathlon, an international competition sponsored by the Department of Energy, challenges 20 colleges and universities to build completely solar-powered, sustainable homes. SCU’s entries in 2007 and 2009 each earned third place in this prestigious competition! Read more about the 2009 Sustainability Decathlon.
  • iconA Learning Opportunity
    Students participating in the Sustainability Decathlon have an opportunity to meet SCU students involved in design and construction of the solar home and learn more about this international competition. The Sustainability Decathlon also offers leadership opportunity and an extracurricular academic experience to high school students as they learn and teach their peers about sustainability. As students become involved in this student-led project, they become positively invested in both their high schools and their communities. Students with a variety of strengths, ranging from the sciences and technology to art and writing will find their talents an asset in the competition.
  • iconA Student Initiative
    Teams should be advised by a faculty member but will be distinctly student-led. SCU student mentors will work closely with your school’s team. These undergraduates are enrolled in “Sustainability Outreach,” a course in which they learn about supporting others’ reflections and interpretations of sustainability. SCU students will support the teams by providing leadership and resources from SCU. Teams will have access to funding provided by Intel and will be encouraged to see their ideas come to fruition.
 

A sideshow of photos from the 2009 Sustainability Decathlon.