Tiny Green Home features include rooftop solar, food gardens and educational displays.
Clint Bullock, General Manager & CEO, unveiled on Feb. 10, 2021 a 200-square-foot “home” that will serve as a model of sustainable living for anyone to experience.
The Tiny Green Home, a partnership between OUC, the City of Orlando and Orlando Science Center (OSC), is an educational resource showcasing the benefits of energy and water conservation, renewable energy, sustainability rebates, vehicle electrification, composting, growing food and sustainability programs offered by OUC, the city and OSC.
Stationed on OSC property in Loch Haven Park, the micro-dwelling also includes a functioning roof-top solar array and a rain barrel to collect and conserve water, among other green features visitors can add to their own homes. The project is funded equally by OUC and the city, along with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge. The Science Center is responsible for staffing, operating and maintaining the exhibit, which is accessible with admission. It will be open for tours at OSC during the Otronicon event, Feb. 12-15, and reopen March 12-21, with other tour dates posted on www.osc.org.
“I’m proud to say that guests of the Science Center will be able to visit this home to get a hands-on experience with sustainability through interactive displays, while learning about energy and water conservation measures, and other efficiency methods,” said Bullock, who was joined by Orlando Mayor and OUC Board member Buddy Dyer and Orlando Science Center President JoAnn Newman in commemorating the occasion.
“Since it’s mobile, we’ll also be taking it on the road to community events so guests of the Tiny Green Home – wherever it is — will learn and apply these lessons in their own lives,” he added.
Per COVID-19 safety precautions, OUC could deploy the mobile exhibit to 6-12 events per year, including, for example, Orlando’s Earth Day celebration, where it could engage targeted audiences – homeowners, renters, students, low-income residents.
Science Center visitors are required to wear face masks and observe social distancing.