The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and The Great Valley Center in cahouts with the American Institute of Architects, California Council, and others are running an international design competition to design "self-sustainable" off-the-grid roadside rest areas. Maybe they were inspired by rest stops like the one in Vermont we reported on earlier and pictured above. This particular test site is in California's San Joaquin Valley, and sees about 3 millions travellers each year. However the successful design should be capable of being replicated at other roadside stops. If you belong to one of these professions: "architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, educators, students and others interested in sustainability issues", then you can enter the comp and be in running for a $10,000 USD Grand Prize. All the details available from ::Greenstop, via ::Dexigner.
NB: Not to be confused with the Greenstop biofuel filling station.