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Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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Middlebury College
IN-3: Innovation 3

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Director of Sustainability Integration
Environmental Affair
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Insite: Solar Decathlon Team Middlebury College

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Team Middlebury traveled to Irvine, California to participate in the sixth Biennial Solar Decathlon competition in 2013. Middlebury came in 8th overall in the competition. The team placed 3rd in Affordability, Communications and Home Entertainment and placed in the top 10 in all other contests.

Team Middlebury consisted of over 100 students from the College who are dedicated to developing sustainable solutions that will inspire effective change. They are undergraduate students from over 30 different academic disciplines. Despite having no graduate architecture or engineering program, their liberal arts background allows the team to approach the competition from a variety of perspectives. Team Middlebury aimed to make sustainable decisions in every aspect of their project, considering sustainability from a broad standpoint, factoring social, economic and environmental concerns into all of their decisions.

In addition to the many students involved in the project, the team had many faculty and professional mentors from the surrounding community.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Students raised $1 million for the project. InSite will be used as residential housing on the Middlebury campus and is in the process of becoming LEED Certified. Four students will live in the house over the course of a year, two per semester.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing Yes
Transportation Yes
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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