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TEDxMonterey “Edges” and Earth Week 2014 at the Monterey Institute both unofficially kicked off on Saturday with the construction of a GeoDome that will house numerous activities during the week ahead. Earth Week is a five-day long event featuring debates, presentations, workshops and activities focused on different environmental issues each day. TEDxMonterey, now in its fifth year at the Institute, is a full day celebration of ideas worth spreading with a diverse group of speakers addressing everything from life on other planets to the origins of creativity.

The GeoDome is a 30-foot diameter geodesic dome with 750 square feet of usable interior space, constructed entirely of sustainable materials. Created by The Eco-Infinity Group of Pacific Grove, the GeoDome features flooring made from recycled rubber tires, chandeliers created from recycled six-pack rings, inflatable sofas made from recycled materials, post-consumer recycled cardboard benches, bio-ethanol fireplaces and a 1500-watt solar energy system providing power.

The GeoDome will function as the hub for activities associated with both Earth Week and TEDxMonterey during the week of April 21, transforming a parking lot into a learning space.

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Jason Warburg

Eva Gudbergsdottir