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Picture of community members standing outside ALOeTERRA after its relocation to the grounds of the Troy Civic Center. Enlarge image

Located about 10 miles from the Lawrence Tech campus, ALOeTERRA maintains its educational value while having a public presence.
(Courtesy of Lawrence Technological University)

Who: Lawrence Technological University
What: ALOeTERRA
Where:
Troy Civic Center
3179 Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48083
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Public tours: To schedule a tour, call 248-204-2414.

Solar Decathlon 2007

Lawrence Technological University: Nourishing the Community

The Troy Chamber of Commerce purchased ALOeTERRA from Michigan's Lawrence Technological University before donating it to the Troy Civic Center. Originally designed for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2007, the house remains open for public tours.

ALOeTERRA was named for the healing effect it was meant to have on the earth. The decathletes hoped to leave a minimal impact on the environment by using locally sourced and sustainable materials.

For the house's mission to ultimately succeed, the Lawrence Tech team needed the right partner to serve as a steward for ALOeTERRA following the competition.

The Troy Chamber of Commerce was interested in finding a way to showcase alternative energy in its community. Chamber executives worked with U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg to secure a federal grant for $150,000. This funding enabled the Troy Chamber to donate the house to the city for public use.

ALOeTERRA was reconstructed at the Troy Civic Center over summer 2008. On Oct. 3, 2008, a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the house to the community as a living laboratory and meeting center. Since then, undergraduate students have been volunteering to give guided tours of the house as part of their university leadership experience requirement. Although ALOeTERRA has a minimal impact on the environment, Lawrence Tech students have a significant impact on their community.