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Department of Landscape Architecture

Service & Outreach

Each semester the department leads four or five outreach projects, often associated with studio classes. These range from downtown revitalization to greenspace planning and watershed management plans.

A very exciting recent outreach project was Penn State's historic first entry in the third U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Competition. The Solar Decathlon is an unparalleled biennial juried contest in which 20 rigorously-selected international university teams compete in the design, construction, and operation of a 100% solar-powered modular home on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Penn State's Decathlon Team, including graduate and undergraduate students in architectural engineering, landscape architecture, architecture, horticulture, nutrition, and education, worked for nearly two-years on this multi-disciplinary effort. And because solar power represents only one component of sustainability, the Penn State Team designed a sustainable landscape to complement its home in 2007, called the MorningStar. Penn State garnered a notable 4th place in 2007. This encouraged students to submit for the 2009 competition – and the Penn State Team was once again selected to complete. See more via the links below.