Projects From LA Trade Tech, UC Riverside, UC Irvine Capture Top Honors at ECO Innovators Showcase

Fourth annual competition is part of Metropolitan’s Spring Green Expo

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Projects developing sustainable buildings and water supplies created by
students from Los Angeles Trade Technical College, University of
California, Riverside and University of California, Irvine claimed the
top awards today at Metropolitan Water District’s fourth annual ECO
Innovators Showcase competition.

The contest was part of Metropolitan’s 9th annual Spring
Green Expo, an educational event featuring more than 60 exhibits of
sustainable products and services by students, businesses, conservation
groups and public agencies at Metropolitan’s downtown Los Angeles
headquarters building.

More than 30 projects from colleges, universities, and trade schools
competed in individual and team categories. In addition, for the first
time, three high schools participated in the event.

“While Metropolitan is in the water business, we’re also in the
sustainability and resource management business. That means we work to
not only conserve water, but also strive to save energy and protect
watersheds and ecosystems,” General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger said.

“Climate change is bringing additional pressures to the environment and
water resources. As rain replaces snow, droughts become longer and
temperatures rise, we have to find innovative ways to protect our
environment and water supplies,” he added. “Today’s ECO Innovators
Showcase winners offer just that—ideas on how we can live more
sustainably in the coming decades.”

Los Angeles Technical College’s Stephanie Green took home the top prize
in the individual category for her project modeling a sustainable
extension of the Santa Monica Pier. The design creates energy and water
supplies through solar panels, wind generators, rain water collection
and ocean water desalination.

A seven-member team from UC Riverside won first place in the team
category for their project producing a wood plastic composite out of
rice husk, recycled plastic and other affordable materials. The goal is
to use the sustainable building material, which is termite and water
resistant, in the Philippines.

The winner of the new ECO Spirit Award, given in memory of
Metropolitan’s Spring Green founder Nancy Kavin, was a four-member team
from UC Irvine. The team engineered a feasible water system in
Choluteca, Honduras, which lacked clean water. Through Global
Engineering Brigades, the team worked with local engineers to design a
gravitational system bringing water to 160 homes.

Second place honors in the team category also went to a team from UC
Riverside and third place went to Chapman University. In the individual
category, second and third place went to Julia Altschul and Randi
Robins, respectively, both from the Art Center College of Design.

In addition to the school teams earning the top awards, other
universities and colleges participating in the ECO Innovators Showcase
competition included Applied Technology Center High School; Art Center
College of Design; Cal Poly Pomona; California State University, Los
Angeles; Chapman University; Los Angeles Trade Technical College;
NewSchool of Architecture & Design; Palos Verdes High School; Pasadena
City College; The Archer School for Girls; University of California, Los
Angeles; University of California, Irvine; University of California,
Riverside; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of
Southern California; and USC Marshall School of Business.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a
state-established cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving
nearly 19 million people in six counties.
district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California
to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased
water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management


Metropolitan Water District
Rebecca Kimitch, 213-217-6450
mobile: 202-821-5253
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mobile: 213-324-5213