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Milano and the Solar Decathlon: Beyond the Competition

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

John Clinton, associate professor and director of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, moderates a panel discussion, “Milano and the Solar Decathlon: Beyond the Competition.”

Panelists include Blaise Rastello and Kevin McQueen, director and assistant director of the Community Development Finance Lab; Nonprofit Management student Jennifer Terry; and EPSM part-time faculty member John Stinar and students Gal Gabriel and Heather Zanoni. Panelists will discuss The New School’s participation in the Solar Decathlon, an award-winning program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges college teams to design, construct, and operate solar-powered houses.

The interdisciplinary team, composed of students from Parsons The New School for Design, the Milano, and the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, designed a building called Empowerhouse. The project, which won first place in the Affordability Contest, now serves as a model of sustainable affordable housing for Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC. Empowerhouse demonstrates the practical impact of New School students' design work in the real world.

Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, 7th floor

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by emailing


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