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Solar Decathlon Director Encourages Individual Action in TEDxOrangeCoast Talk

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

By Carol Laurie

You can make a difference. That was the message of Solar Decathlon Director Richard King in his Sept. 19 TEDxOrangeCoast talk about the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Titled “Energy To Live By,” King’s 11-minute talk at the TEDxOrangeCoast Annual Conference in Aliso Viejo, California, introduced the audience to the Solar Decathlon and the powerful impact this award-winning competition has on participating students and visitors.

Throughout his talk, King stressed how important each individual is to reducing the world’s energy use.

“As individuals, we are responsible for 100% of the energy we use in our daily lives. Did it ever occur to you that, as individuals collectively responsible for half of the world’s energy, you have a lot of power?” he says. “I’m not talking about energy or brain power. I am talking about the kind of power that can change the world. Think about that the next time you flip a switch.”

Photo of a man wearing a Solar Decathlon baseball cap.

Solar Decathlon Director Richard King spoke about the benefits of the Solar Decathlon and the power of individuals in reducing world energy use at the TEDxOrangeCoast Annual Conference in September. (Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Representatives from the City of Irvine, California, nominated King for consideration by the TEDxOrangeCoast organizers.

“Being invited to give a TED talk is very special, and I was honored by the City of Irvine’s nomination,” King says. “It’s also a very exhilarating experience. All of the speakers during this conference were outstanding, having done something significant in their lives.”

King also invited the audience to visit Solar Decathlon 2015, which will be held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, Oct. 8 through 18.

See King’s talk to learn more.  And if you like it, pass it on!

Carol Laurie is the communications manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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