The Orange County Sustainability Decathlon (OCSD) kicked off its inaugural event with an opening ceremony at the OC Fair & Event Center.
The ceremony was hosted by Moulton Niguel Water District General Manager and CEO Joone Kim Lopez. Special guests also took to the stage to speak about the urgent need to combat climate change. Speakers included OCSD President and CEO Fred Smoller and California State Senator Dave Min.
“To [the] teams: you win because you’re here,” said Smoller. “You’re here and that’s the key.” He emphasized that the teams are all winners because of the hard work and the time they all dedicated to the event to be there and showcase their sustainable homes that represent California’s transition to renewable energy.
The ceremony was a success as the student teams, who worked tirelessly to design and assemble their sustainable houses, presented their projects on stage. They spoke about their experience taking their ideas for eco-friendly and ultra-efficient homes and bringing them to life. Each team left the stage inviting everyone to go and tour their projects in the OCSD Sustainable Village.
For guests who couldn’t make it to the Opening Ceremony, the OCSD livestreamed it to YouTube to catch all the action leading up to welcoming the public into the event. You can watch the full Opening Ceremony below!
The Orange County Sustainability Decathlon is a brand-new collegiate competition and festival focused on sustainability. The public is invited to tour the student-built sustainable houses and explore family-friendly exhibits and experiences.
The event takes place at the OC Fair & Event Center in two waves, from October 5 – 8 & 12 – 15.