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Lawrence Tech competes in Solar Decathlon Oct. 12-20

Release Date: October 10, 2007


WHAT:  The Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. Lawrence Technological University is one of 20 universities that have entered solar-powered, self-sufficient houses designed and built by students to be judged in 10 categories. Lawrence Tech is the smallest university in the competition and the only one from Michigan.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct. 20.

WHERE: National Mall, Washington, D.C.

WHO:   Lawrence Tech News Bureau Managing Editor Eric Pope will be in Washington Oct. 11-19 with Team ALOeTERRA, Lawrence Tech’s entry. He can send reports and photos to interested reporters and editors. He will post information on a blog, He can be reached by cellphone, (313) 505-6508, and email,

Team ALOeTERRA has a website, and a blog, Team spokesperson Christina Span can be reached by cellphone, (248) 219-4144 and email, Ask her about other team members who can talk about specific aspects of the house. Faculty advisor Philip Plowright can be reached by cellphone, (517) 203-6131, and email

NREL has a press office on the National Mall. Its website is NREL’s contact person is Chris Powers, who can be reached by cellphone, (303) 434-4257, and email,

WHY: This is the third Solar Decathlon (previously in 2002 and 2005) to publicize readily available construction products and current techniques and technology that can dramatically reduce the energy consumption of residential housing.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Founded in 1932, the 5,000-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City, and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.