by Alyssa Pandolfi, Second Nature Intern
Every year, Northeastern University puts on an annual Gingerbread House competition. Out of the 100 or so students who enter the competition, only thirty get chosen to take part in the opportunity of a lifetime...
...to build the Gingerbread House of their dreams.
After the houses are built, students, faculty, and staff from Northeastern are allowed to vote to determine the crowd favorite. The winner, besides winning a modest cash sum, will revel in eternal glory.
This year, Jess (a Second Nature co-op alum) and I were one of the lucky few who were chosen to build a Gingerbread House. In our typical fashion, we decided to give our Gingerbread House a theme: Sustainability. Our house, which can be viewed in the image below, has an organic garden, vermicompost bin, wind turbine, fish pond, patio constructed with FSC certified wood, recycling bin, green roof, solar panels, and, oh did I mention the LEED certification button?