News ReleaseCity of Irvine
Public Information Office

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6/19/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #13-06-19
Subject :

FOUNDATION FOR THE GREAT PARK COMMITS $25,000 TO SUPPORT SOLAR DECATHLON 2013 AND XPO
Contact :Public Information Office    949-724-6077
    pio@cityofirvine.org

·         Foundation for the Great Park becomes Title Sponsor of Powerful Ideas Symposium at the XPO
·         Total combined monetary support raised for Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO exceeds $1.1 million

IRVINE, CA (June 19, 2013):  The Foundation for the Great Park has committed $25,000 to become the Title Sponsor of the Powerful Ideas Symposium at the XPO, a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition hosted alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 this October 3-6 and October 10-13 at the Orange County Great Park. This sponsorship brings the total combined monetary support of the Solar Decathlon and XPO to more than $1.1 million and the Foundation for the Great Park’s total monetary contribution to $40,000, in addition to in-kind support. 

The Foundation for the Great Park Powerful Ideas Symposium will feature guest speakers and panelists to engage the public in relevant clean, renewable and efficient energy topics in connection with the world and our everyday lives. These “fast-format” presentations will take place on several stages throughout the XPO on each of the public days during the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO.

“Recognizing the tremendous impact the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO will have on the entire Southern California region, the Foundation for the Great Park's Board of Directors is proud to support education programs featured at the event,” said Marian Bergeson, Chair, Foundation for the Great Park.

The XPO will focus on two key education initiatives:  Powerful Ideas Classroom and Powerful Ideas Symposium. Powerful Ideas Classroom, sponsored by the Bosch Community Fund, provides opportunities for children and youth to be inspired about science, engineering, architecture and energy. Powerful Ideas Symposium, sponsored by the Foundation for the Great Park, introduces innovative energy themes, ideas and solutions to adult attendees.

Solar Decathlon 2013 will be the first time the world-renowned international competition is held outside of Washington, D.C. The award-winning collegiate competition at the Orange County Great Park will involve as many as 800 students from 20 collegiate teams who are competing to build highly energy efficient, solar-powered houses. For the first time, a large clean energy exposition, the XPO, will be hosted alongside the Solar Decathlon.

For eight days (October 3-6 and October 10-13), Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO will attract visitors from all over California and the world to tour the 20 collegiate team houses and experience a free public event designed to empower innovative thinking and positive change – showing the world that the future of energy is NOW.

The Foundation for the Great Park joins the growing list of sponsors supporting the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO. A list of select confirmed sponsors is included below.

Prominent sponsorship opportunities remain for companies and organizations interested in participating in Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO. For more information, contact Chris Baiocchi at cbaiocchi@ocgp.org or visit solardecathlon.gov/sponsors or the-xpo.org/participate/sponsors.

 

Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO Sponsorships and Grants
More than $1.1 million in combined monetary sponsorships and grants has been raised to support the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO from a variety of industry-leading companies and organizations, including the following confirmed sponsors:

 

·         Bank of America
·         Bosch Community Fund
·         Cox Communications
·         Edison International
·         FivePoint Communities
·         Foundation for the Great Park
·         Ingersoll Rand
·         Irvine Ranch Water District
·         Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (grant)
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Southern California Gas Company
·         Tierra Verde Industries
·         University of California, Irvine
·         URS Corporation
·         Wells Fargo Bank

About the Foundation for the Great Park
Since 2000, the Foundation’s role has been to generate support throughout Orange County and beyond for the development and operation of the Great Park. At the Foundation, we believe that the Great Park vision evolves from the promise that healthy communities and happy families will thrive – with a Great Park growing in their midst.

About the XPO
The XPO is a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition, featuring visionary and innovative companies, products and educational opportunities that will be hosted alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The XPO will run concurrently with the Solar Decathlon 2013 from October 3-6 and 10-13 at the Orange County Great Park. Through fun, interactive exhibits and activities, the XPO will educate visitors about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency in home design, transportation, consumer products, food production and education. Visitors will experience actionable ways to implement energy efficiency today and into the future and leave the XPO with tools and resources to live differently. Visit the-xpo.org for more information.

About the Orange County Great Park
Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the Orange County Great Park’s array of recreational and educational opportunities and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air. Other Great Park features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and Historic Hangar 244. In addition to sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit ocgp.org.



Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 231,117, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.  For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.

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