USGBC Florida knows that there is a lot going on in the Sunshine State right now, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most severely impacted by Irma.
There is a group of students that need our help!
The Solar Decathlon 2017 (see box below) team from Daytona Beach includes two schools -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College. Both schools recently shut down for more than five days because of Irma. Teams are scheduled to arrive on the competition site in Denver, CO, on September 23, to begin assembly and prepare for the Solar Decathlon competition and public event, which opens October 5.
Losing precious time for construction and sustaining some water damage to the house has considerably set the team back -- so much so that they are at risk of not making it to Denver, UNLESS, the team receives some significant volunteer help to complete construction. If you or your peers are in any position to help these students reach their longstanding goal of competing in this important competition, please reach out to:
USGBC recognizes that there are many critical focuses and activities going on right now. That being acknowledged, there are some really good reasons to love this team! First, Jenna Beckwith, the Student Team Lead and an Engineering PhD candidate at ERAU, lobbied the school for years to allow her to pursue a Solar Decathlon proposal. She finally prevailed, and is now in danger of not be able to make her hard-fought dream a reality. Another thing to love about this team is that both the Student Team Leader and the Faculty Lead are women -- Go Women in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math)! Finally, this is a partnership between ERAU and a state college, so it's truly multidisciplinary.
On behalf of the students who have worked so hard at both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College, thanks for thinking through what you and your office mates can do to help Team Daytona Beach get to Denver and compete!
|The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. Simply put, there's nothing else like it!