The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. this year celebrated the 150th anniversary of public land-grant universities and the founding of the United States Department of Agriculture. Different land-grand universities participated in a sustainable solutions competition. These universities demonstrated their sustainability projects to the thousands of visitors to the nation's capital.
Mississippi State University showed off their EcoCAR plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Oregon State University showcased wave energy technology and how to build sustainable structures to withstand hurricane and tsunami ocean waves, UC Davis raised awareness about the environmental threat of plastic shopping bags, University of Florida focused on sustainable water uses, the University of Tennessee demonstrated their Living Light solar-powered house, and Washington State University explained the development of different biofuel feedstocks.
Here are photos from the event.
And here is video of Oregon State's lego wave demonstration.