Trip to Solar Decathlon

Radford University’s Environmental Center and the Department of Interior Design & Fashion (ID&F) have received a grant to send students and faculty members to the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26.

The trip will give students and faculty an opportunity to see a multitude of designs for sustainable residential buildings. Funding of $5,150 from an anonymous donor will be used to charter two buses to transport 100 undergraduate students and faculty on the one- -day trip from Radford to Washington.

Holly Cline, interim chair of ID&F and a certified LEED professional, is organizing the trip, which is co-sponsored by ID&F, RU Environmental Center and the Environmental Club. Cline and Rich Roth of the Environmental Center co-wrote the grant request.

“Students have been pretty well informed with respect to the environmental issues they will confront—such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, unsustainable energy resources, the necessity of reducing our human ‘footprint’ while also improving human welfare. But too often this knowledge leads to either apathy or despair,” Cline said. The Solar Decathlon, held every other year, “provides tangible solutions that inspire students by seeing what is possible.”

Seating for the trip will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is open to the entire campus. To register, contact Laurie Knowles at by Sept. 20. The buses will leave at 6 a.m. Sept 26. Lunch will be provided on the bus, but participants will be responsible for their own breakfasts and dinners

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