2018 Race to Zero Project

Solar Decathlon Open House Sept 4th!

The Penn State Solar Decathlon team – formerly the Race to Zero team prior to the merging of the two competitions – is kicking off their 2018-2019 year! They will be holding an open house in the jury space of Stuckeman Building at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 4th. Current and former team managers will […]


HCCD Coffee Hour Info

First Fall 2018 HCCD Coffee Hour!

The start of the fall semester brings with it the start of a new round of Coffee Hours at the Hamer Center for Community Design. These coffee hours are generally held on Tuesdays for an hour around lunch time and serve as a great way for students and faculty to learn about community and sustainability […]


Presentation for the Sustainability Workshop

HCCD Hosts 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 […]


Digital Rendering of duplex houses

Final Open House – Happy Hour Event

Join the State College Community Land Trust and Penn State University for a guided walking tour of their GreenBuild Duplex, built to exceed U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home standards, with anticipated energy costs of $15/month and a current Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of six. Happy hour with drinks and appetizers […]


The 2018 Penn State Race to Zero Student Design Competition team and faculty advisers gather after winning the Suburban Single-Family Housing Contest with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, organizers of Race to Zero. Pictured, left to right, are Sarah Zaleski, Ali Memari, Sarah Klinetob Lowe, Justin Charles, Carly Asadi, Neno Agnello, Sean Copeland, Sam Rashkin, and Rachel Romero. Image: Ellen Jaskol/NREL

First Place Finish at DOE Race to Zero 2018!

We are pleased to announce that Penn State came in FIRST PLACE in the Suburban Single Family Contest yesterday at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO! Students from across the University worked with S&A Homes to redesign their most popular floor plans into a 100% solar-powered Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH). For more […]


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