Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 12-9-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Geraldine McNenny


This project will look at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon and examine Chapman University’s involvement in Team Orange County. This project will further examine the Home Life sub-competition by studying the sustainability of the components of the two Home Life dinners, the movie night party, and the energy budget associated with each of the three events. Reviewing team documents and collecting data from affiliated team members will give us a wholesome overview of the efforts taken to achieve sustainability for the dinners and movie night. We found various practices were incorporated in the menu-concepts for the three nights, during which these events were hosted, which integrated sustainable practices to embody the goal of the U.S. DOE’s Solar Decathlon. Finally, the overall sustainability of these three hosted events will be correlated to the net-zero nature of the home, Casa del Sol, and state the impacts of these dinners in regards to the average meal and movie night to understand the sustainability of this sub-competition.


Presented at the Fall 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.