Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The DOE released a decision today that put the Solar Decathlon back on the National Mall! The competition will take place in West Potomac Park along the path between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The Solar Homestead Team would like to thank all of our supporters for helping return the competition to the nation's front lawn. We are ecstatic that the decathlon has been returned to a place of national progression and prestige. We hope to see you in September on the National Mall!
For more information concerning the DOE's announcement click HERE!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
The decathlete's struggle to return the Solar Decathlon to the National Mall continues. Although the support to return the competition to the Mall is constantly increasing among teams, universities, and senators; the National Park Service is still opposed.
An editorial published in the Washington Post argued for the removal of the competition stating that the Mall has undergone "neglect and overuse". The Post opinion article pointed out physical damages that the competition had done to the Mall in previous years and the importance of restoring the space.
Thankfully, the public responded with Letters to the Editor concerning the original editorial.
"Spotty grass is a sign of engagement, not shame," said Ryan Montgomery of Washington in his Letter to the Editor. Another letter highlighted our president's words concerning national progress.
"The president could not have been clearer when he said, 'The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.' There is no finer example of this than the Solar Decathlon," said these letters, the value of community involvement, creativity, and innovation are restored.
It's YOUR National Mall, would you rather have a manicured lawn or a landmark of American involvement?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Classification: Senior Undergraduate Anthropology Major, concentration in Sustainable Development
Job Title: Outreach Coordinator
Joined the Team: August 2010
From sending contact emails to planning Boone Green Drinks at the Headquarters, Janelle helps to coordinate events for the Solar Homestead Team.
The Best Part?
"I enjoy being a member of the Solar Homestead Team because I get to be a part of such a prestigious and large project. The experience has enabled me to get hands-on experience and expand my education within the field."
Outside of the Team:
"I don't have hobbies. The Solar Homestead is my hobby."
With the little free time Janelle has, she likes to hike, cook, and do crafts.
Beverage of Choice: Black Coffee
Random Question of the Day:
Would you rather have x-ray vision or bionic hearing?
Definitely, bionic hearing.
The Solar Homestead team is proud to feature Janelle Wienke as the decathlete of the week due to her outstanding involvement with planning the Boone Green Drinks event. Janelle coordinated with local businesses and helped organize donations to support the night's activities.
A big thank you also goes out to: Art of Oil, Lowe's Foods, Harris Teeter, Panera, Bald Guy Brew, Pepper's Restaurant, Stick Boy Bakery, Ingles, and Mountain Lumber for their contributions to the evening's event!
Thanks to everyone that attended!