Episode 106: Star Power!

Original Airdate: 
Monday, March 25, 2013 - Sunday, March 31, 2013
Next Airdate: 
Monday, August 19, 2013 - Sunday, August 25, 2013

Eco Company visits the campus of Santa Clara University where a team of students are participating in a bi-annual competition called the Solar Decathlon. They must design and build the greenest, most energy efficient house to win the competition. They build it, then dismantle it and take it to the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C. to be judged. Adam gets a tour of the home they are building. It's possibly a preview of homes of the future.

Speaking of the future, Jessica gets a large dose of it when she visits Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. They are building the world's largest laser...actually 192 lasers that multiply and combine into a very powerful laser that creates nuclear fusion to reproduce the same kind of energy process that happens on the sun and stars. It's 100% clean energy and produces no reactive waste. It could be a primary source of energy in the future? This story has a big WOW factor!

Then Jordan leaves land behind as she climbs on board a boat on a mission to the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California. The trip has the special purpose of returning seven sea lions to the ocean in a protected place where they will find a lot of friends. But the trip also provides the opportunity to do some whale watching and to listen to underwater noise pollution created by large vessels traveling too fast.

Finally, Brendan catches up with a teen who is on a special mission of her own. Laura Webber is spearheading a drive to plant 1 million trees. Of course she is not doing it alone. She has enlisted members of 4-H clubs who are helping out! Brendan gets into the action and finds out that there is definitely more to gain than the simple satisfaction of getting the job done.