Saturday, November 6, 2010

GEHC To Host Sustainable Gingerbread House Competition

Green Gingerbread Houses - is there such a thing? Who doesn’t love making adorable gingerbread houses with the family or looking at the intricate works of professional gingerbread house architects?

“Imagine building your dream house with all the sustainable features possible. Only, instead of standard building materials, it would be made out of gingerbread,” said Jason West, Director of Development at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC).

As part of its December Green Holiday Program, the GEHC will host a Sustainable Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit. Designers will create environmentally-friendly houses out of edible materials that highlight sustainability and green building design.

“This is a great opportunity for families, businesses, civic groups, students, and/or individuals to get into the holiday spirit, show off their gingerbread building talents and green building ingenuity,” said West. “The gingerbread house can be as creative and imaginative as you like!”

At least three sustainable building elements must be included in the design of the gingerbread house, such as solar panels, rain barrels, green roof, windmills, etc. Participants may use a traditional gingerbread recipe, a recipe for dog biscuits, bird seed cakes, or any other edible product. (Suggested recipes can be found on www.gwinnettEHC.org.) The structure can also include birdseed, pinecones, leaves, twigs… anything from nature.

There are multiple categories for entry including: Pre K – 2nd Grade (group and individual), 3rd – 6th Grade (group and individual), Teen (group and individual), Adult (group and individual), Family (group), and Professional (group and individual).

Entry forms are due no later than November 29, 2010. Forms can be accessed on-line at www.gwinnettEHC.org or in person at the GEHC. Contestants are asked to deliver gingerbread houses to the GEHC between 9am and 4pm on one of the following dates: November 30, 2010, December 1, 2010, or December 2, 2010. Judging will take place the week of December 6, 2010, and the awards will be presented during the GEHC’s Green Holiday event on December 11, 2010 at 1pm.

For more information about this event, contest rules, and/or the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.
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