A student-run project that aims to turn a vacant former fraternity house into a laboratory for developing eco-friendly products is being recognized for its efforts.

Drexel University's "Smart House" is one of three recipients of the World Green Energy Symposium's NOVA award, which annually honors outstanding contributions in new green-energy alternatives and innovations in existing energy technology.

The award is to be presented Wednesday to Smart House students and staff at the three-day conference in Philadelphia. The other winners are Greenworks, a Philadelphia initiative that aims to reduce city government's energy consumption and increase its alternative-energy production, and the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policy of Rio de Janeiro. - AP