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About Team Capitol DC
For the first time, a city-wide Washington, D.C., collegiate team – Catholic University (CUA), George Washington University (GWU) and American University (AU) – will compete as Team Capitol DC in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Together, students and faculty mentors from the three universities will harness the talents from each school’s premier programs (CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning; GWU’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Landscape Design Program and Interior Design Program; and AU’s School of Communication) to design, build and communicate about a sustainable home that produces as much energy as it uses.
About Harvest Home
Team Capitol DC’s concept is HARVEST HOME, an innovative house of the future that harvests natural resources to power the home while maintaining comfort for its ideal resident, a wounded American veteran who has returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, Team Capitol DC will donate HARVEST HOME to its veteran client. Through harvesting natural resources, comforting design features, and an innovative biomedical atmosphere that contributes to rehabilitation of body and spirit, HARVEST HOME will help heal its resident and the environment.
About the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. The next event will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Open to the public free of charge Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 3 through Oct. 13, the Solar Decathlon enables visitors to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today. Learn more at www.solardecathlon.gov.
How You Can Help?
1) Help build the house: construction takes places Mon (most help needed this day), Wed, Fri, and alternating Sundays at Catholic University. Email Timothy Laubacker at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
2) Volunteer your time on campus (i.e. help with tabling, promoting Solar Decathlon). Email Gretchen Gasteier at email@example.com to get involved.
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