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When Ocracoke Island's last fish house closed, not only were fishermen affected but also the island's culture and way of life. The Ocracoke experience was one more example of what has been happening to traditional waterfront activities along North Carolina's coastline in recent years. A way of life has been fading behind shiny new condos and marina developments. Smith describes how the island's citizens responded to the loss of the last fish house.
Since 2002, college teams have participated in the United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon to design and build a home that can produce as much energy as it consumes. Among the 2011 winners was Appalachian State University’s entry, The Solar Homestead. The house was inspired by the frugal self-reliant spirit of early Blue Ridge Mountains settlers, constructed from sustainable materials and designed to function on renewable energy.