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We're excited to announce that Middlebury College's Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon house just took took top honors in the communications contest, placing it 4th in the overall competition! If there was a house for the locavore movement, it would be the Self-Reliance house. Solar power is the star of the biennial design-build competition, but the team of students from Middlebury wanted to show that sustainability means a lot more than just renewable energy and efficiency. To do that, the team used local manufacturers and materials, including wood sourced from the College's own forests and insulation made from sheep's wool from a local farm. Living up to it's name of Self-Reliance, the house also boasts plenty of space for residents to grow their own food. Self-Reliance is currently holding steady in the competition, nabbing solid scores in the first few categories, including fourth place in Architecture.

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