Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Sustainable GeoDome to Serve as Hub of Activities for Earth Week, TEDxMonterey

Eco Dome

The GeoDome takes shape behind the Admissions building on April 19, 2014.

April 19, 2014

TEDxMonterey “Edges” and Earth Week 2014 at the Monterey Institute both unofficially kicked off on Saturday with the construction of a GeoDome that will house numerous activities during the week ahead. Earth Week is a five-day long event featuring debates, presentations, workshops and activities focused on different environmental issues each day. TEDxMonterey, now in its fifth year at the Institute, is a full day celebration of ideas worth spreading with a diverse group of speakers addressing everything from life on other planets to the origins of creativity.

The GeoDome is a 30-foot diameter geodesic dome with 750 square feet of usable interior space, constructed entirely of sustainable materials. Created by The Eco-Infinity Group of Pacific Grove, the GeoDome features flooring made from recycled rubber tires, chandeliers created from recycled six-pack rings, inflatable sofas made from recycled materials, post-consumer recycled cardboard benches, bio-ethanol fireplaces and a 1500-watt solar energy system providing power.

The GeoDome will function as the hub for activities associated with both Earth Week and TEDxMonterey during the week of April 21, transforming a parking lot into a learning space.

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