In 2013, GMC students in a Renewable Energy and Ecological Design class created a brilliant mobile house called OTIS (for Optimal Traveling Independent Space). Inhabitat.com, a weblog devoted to the future of design, just named OTIS one of five “incredibly tiny and awesome” homes. The 70 square-foot, pod-shaped tiny house includes a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, and a single 120-watt solar panel to provide electricity. The structure can be towed on a standard 5 X 8-foot trailer.
The class of 16 students challenged itself to design and build a living space with enough room for one person, that could be easily towed behind a typical 4-cylinder vehicle, and could provide its own water and electricity. See a video on the design and construction of OTIS.
Environmental sustainability is the foundation of Green Mountain College’s curriculum, and REED students are interested in finding ways to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and leave a smaller ecological footprint.