Continuing our 25 Acts of Kindness, the Full Circle Committee organized a volunteer day on Saturday, June 16, to help Team Capitol DC build the Harvest House, their entry for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon.  Harvey Cleary joined the effort and we had an exciting and successful day installing flooring, rain screen and building walls among various other projects.  We couldn’t have asked for a better team, better energy or better weather!  A huge thank you to all who came out and to our hosts at the Catholic University of America!

The Solar Decathlon will take place in Irvine, California October 3 – 13, 2013.  Team Capitol DC will be proudly representing our area and is comprised of students from the Catholic University of America, American University and George Washington University.  Team Capitol DC is one of 20 teams around the world participating in this year’s competition.

The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges university students around the globe to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are, “cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.”  The project serves to educate and demonstrate the value of energy efficient construction to both students and the public while providing participating students with invaluable experience and training.  The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 and the competition has occurred biennially since 2005.

For more information about on Team Capitol DC’s Harvest House,

For more information on the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon,

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