In 2005, a team of student researchers led by Lauren Dietrich and Mike Lin were awarded a $10,000 grant in the first round of the US Environmental Protection Agency's People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) design competition to develop a research program centered around a new green dormitory on Stanford campus. Over the following year, the concept grew and evolved into the Lotus Living Laboratory, a diverse group of interdisciplinary student researchers bridging the social sciences and humanities with engineering.

In the spring of 2006, the group presented their research to EPA officials and competed in the National Student Design Expo in Washington DC. The Stanford Lotus Living Lab group was selected as winners of the P3 competition and awarded a $75,000 grant to continue their research and to "develop and share sustainable pathways." As part of this second grant, Stanford researchers set forth a goal to connect students from across the nation to discuss sustainable design and form a partnership for a more responsible future.

In the late winter of 2007, Lotus Living Lab students Nick Enge and Lauren Leonard were given the charge of organizing a conference that would serve this purpose. After extensive research, they invited 30 students from 10 schools to be participants, and the first meeting of the Lotus Live partnership convened at Stanford University on April 14, 2007. The partnership is now compiling information, and beginning to reach out to even more students across the country, and the world.

Lotus Live Principles

In the words of former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." At Lotus Live, we understand this, and are striving to give the power to change to world to all people, by educating them about sustainability. In order to best provide this education, Lotus Live is freely open to all people at all times. In addition, an email link or suggestion box appears on each page so that readers can contribute their own valuable ideas easily at any time. To make things even more accessible, and to actively facilitate the dissemination of information, all factual data and original research provided by Lotus Live may be freely used by anyone for any purpose. All that we ask is that you cite your sources, and provide a link to us when you use any information from our site.


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