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The Learning Barge and ecoMOD4 Summer Build 2009

The grant supported stipends for UVA students to perform essential activities related to the construction, analysis, and evaluation of the two projects in summer 2009. In addition, the fund supported a joint student exhibit at the University in fall 2009. The Learning Barge was a sustainable environmental classroom and floating field station located on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia. Students from the School of Architecture have taken part in the project through participation in interrelated courses and design studios. They finalized the construction of the classroom and assembled it into a barge in the summer of 2009. The barge which demonstrates sustainable technologies in solar and wind energy and the use of wetlands to help filter water, will provide an environmental education for an estimated 19,000 K-12 students and community members annually. ecoMod project is a partnership of the UVA School of Architecture and the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science, to make highly energy-efficient housing affordable and widely accessible through mass production of prefabricated homes for low-income people.

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The Learning Barge and ecoMOD4 Summer Build 2009