We are recruiting volunteers for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. The event takes place on the National Mall, West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., and will be open to the public Sept. 23 – Oct 2.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges 20 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. Open to the public free of charge, 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.
We are recruiting greeters, docents, runners, solar experts, special event and walking route assistants, and others. There is a job for everyone!
Visit the Solar Decathlon web site to find out more about volunteering or to register: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/volunteers.html
We hope you will join us!
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
EDUCATING THE FUTURE
The US Energy Information Administration is preparing for the future with its Energy Kids website. [http://www.eia.gov/kids/index.cfm] Part of this site is designed for children, and part contains information for teachers, including guides and lesson plans. Although designed for kids, it’s a good primer for anyone interested in learning the basics about energy, including renewables.
I especially like the easy-to-understand graphics, such as the one below.
Many people, including lobbyists and politicians make the energy issues facing our country very complex and very political. It’s refreshing to see the information presented in a simple, unbiased manner.
EIA is an independent agency funded by Congress whose mission is to “collect, analyze, and disseminate independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.” It is doing all of us a great service by education America’s children on these issues. After all, children are our future.
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