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KNOXVILLE—Knox County middle school students this month will learn about energy efficiency and sustainability through Living Light, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s solar-powered house.

Diane Bossart, research associate and manager of the Tennessee Tour, will present the lessons at one private and four public schools, and students will experience them through hands-on activities.

The initiative is being coordinated through 4-H clubs, which are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

“The goal is to expose the children to solar energy facts, renewable energy alternatives, sustainable practices in buildings and their lives, as well as careers options in the fields of architecture, engineering, and design,” Bossart said.

Living Light, a state-of-the-art, zero-energy house, placed eighth overall in the US Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. It is a project of the UT College of Architecture and Design with collaboration from multiple UT disciplines. It is now open for tours and will travel across the state to Nashville and Memphis in the next four months.

Bossart’s presentation kicked off January 10 at Farragut Middle School.

  • January 17: College Hills Seventh Day Adventist School
  • January 18: Powell Middle School
  • January 23: Carter Middle School
  • January 30: Northwest Middle School

To learn more about Living Light, Tennessee Tour, or to request a presentation, visit

To leaven more about the 4-H program, visit

C O N T A C T S:

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,

Diane Bossart (865-974-5211,