WHAT: Ribbon-cutting grand opening of the ALOeTERRA Solar House, which was built by students from Lawrence Technological University, to be followed the next day by a free open house and green expo. The house will serve as a sustainability education center in the city of Troy.
WHEN: The ribbon-cutting ceremony is Friday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. The open house is Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois (west side of the building).
WHO: Members of Lawrence Tech's ALOeTERRA team will be on hand to explain how the house they built reduces energy consumption with technology that can be used by homeowners. In 2007, students and recent alumni of Lawrence Tech demonstrated that a house can be both energy self-sufficient and livable when they competed in the 2007 Solar Decathlon organized by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. Community and government leaders will participate in the ribbon-cutting.
WHY: This house demonstrates that homeowners can help reduce the nation's energy consumption by making practical decisions in their own homes. Most homes can be made much more energy efficient, and it is possible for a compact home to generate all the energy it needs from solar power. The Lawrence Tech team members will explain how the ALOeTERRA Solar House was built with energy conservation in mind and how the structure's electrical and environmental systems work on solar energy alone. (See attachment for some of the details.)
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-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 Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.