Former president impressed by students’ solar house
Clinton complimented students for the Solar Decathlon house’s architectural and design elements, as well as its energy and resource conservation features. Pictured with Clinton (from left to right) are, Philip Horton, John Cribbs, Ali Abbaszadegan, Tyler Sternberg and Jared Malone. Photo courtesy of John Cribbs
More than 1,000 students from around the world came to Arizona State University recently to participate in the international Clinton Global Initiative University conference.
Their mission was to develop action plans for their endeavors to help solve society’s challenges in education, public health, poverty alleviation and more.
Many of the students also participated in a Day of Action, by working on a community project at a public space in Phoenix.
The staging ground for the effort was a house designed and built by Arizona State University and University of New Mexico students for the 2013 international Solar Decathlon competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
A group of students from ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering were part of the Solar Decathlon team.
Several of those students were able to meet and talk to former President Bill Clinton and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as they toured the solar-powered house during the Day of Action event.
Clinton spoke about how the house exemplified sustainable living strategies that will be important for the nation to adopt in coming years. Stanton expressed his support for the project and its role in helping to promote sustainable living in the desert Southwest.
Joe Kullman, [email protected]
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering