Sustainability and renewable energy projects developed by students at
the University of California, Riverside, the Newschool of Architecture
and Design in San Diego and California Polytechnic University, Pomona,
captured top recognition at Metropolitan Water District's second annual
ECO Innovators Showcase competition.
The competition was part of Metropolitan's 7th annual Spring
Green Expo, an educational event featuring more than 70 of exhibits by
college students, businesses and public agencies at Metropolitan's
downtown Los Angeles headquarters building on May 1. The contest
attracted projects from 20 universities and community colleges
throughout Southern California in individual and team categories.
"The hard work and creativity of these university and college students
is inspiring and we hope their ideas lead to practical sustainability
solutions," said Assistant General Manager Gilbert F. Ivey, who greeted
the students. "Metropolitan is proud to showcase their accomplishments."
There was a tie for top indvidual honors between students from Cal Poly
Pomona and Newschool of Architecture and Design-San Diego. Cal Poly's
Samantha Schieldge's project dealt with creating a healthcare center
that included recycled water systems, natural ventilation, drought
tolerant landscaping and solar power. Nick Wilson from Newschool of
Architecture and Design displayed examples of single-family sustainable
"Eco Houses" for desert climates such as Phoenix, Ariz.
First place in the team category went to a four-person team from UC
Riverside whose project involved using renewable energy to dry clothes,
provide space heating and humidify homes in a low-income community
development in Moreno Valley. Student team members were Christian
Alcaraz, Julianne Rolf, Ryan Schoeman, and Samantha Mak.
The second and third place honors in the individual category both went
to students from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Second
place in the team category was won by students from UC Riverside,
followed by students from Pasadena City College.
In addition to the school teams earning the top awards, other
universities and colleges participating in the ECO Innovators Showcase
competition included Bakersfield College; California State University
Channel Islands; California State University Fullerton; California State
University Los Angeles; California State University San Marcos; Chapman
University; Harvey Mudd College; Los Angeles Trade-Tech College;
Occidental College; Orange Coast College; Otis College of Art and
Design; University of California, Irvine; University of Southern
California; and Woodbury University.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a
cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million
people in six counties. The district imports water from
the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies,
and helps its members to develop increased water conservation,
recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.
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