HCCD Hosts Sustainability Workshop

Presentation for the Sustainability Workshop

Chris Hazel speaking at the Sustainability Workshop

Last week, the Hamer Center for Community Design hosted a group of faculty from Penn state campuses around the commonwealth to learn how to better implement sustainability education and community engagement into their classes. Peter Buckland, academic programs manager from the Sustainability Institute, put together the two-day workshop for faculty to “develop a common language for sustainability, connect it to their disciplines and coursework, visit some of Penn State’s best assets, and workshop materials with their peers.” The group of twelve faculty visited the HCCD to hear from Chris Hazel, researcher and leader of the Energy Efficient Housing Research group (EEHR) about how he teaches students about sustainable design through the Race to Zero competition. Chris co-facilitates the annual Department of Energy competition with Sarah Klinetob Lowe of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center; in the competition, students design a zero-energy home in their area—over the past five years, the Penn State team has partnered with community housing organizations to provide students with a real-world project with the hopes of informing local housing practices. This is best seen in the 2015 competition design which became the blueprint for the GreenBuild Duplex, a recently completed pair of zero-energy homes in State College. In 2018, a group of primarily undergraduate students worked with S&A Homes to redesign two of their top-selling homes to be more energy efficient without sacrificing affordability; the team ended up winning their contest category at the national competition last April! This year, students will partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County to design—and hopefully build—a new home in the Centre Region. To learn more about the workshop, the Race to Zero competition, or the Hamer Center in general, contact Chris Hazel at cjh5327@psu.edu.

Attendees of the Sustainability Workshop

Attendees of the Sustainability Workshop

About the Author

Christopher John Hazel
Chris is an Energy Efficient Housing Researcher at the Hamer Center for Community Design.
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