Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stevens Solar Decathalon Banquet Recap 8/23 in Hoboken

Last night, on the waterfront in the parking lot on the Stevens Institute campus, a celebration was held to commemorate a partnership of the followings schools, Parson's School of Design, Stevens Institute, and the Milano School of International Relations in their partnership for the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC. The banquet consisted of several speakers from the Institutions as well as the Mayor of Hoboken Dawn Zimmer, a nice spread of food and a tour of the super energy efficient house that this team is entering into this years competition down in Washington DC coming very soon.

I spoke with Peter Russell who is a Stevens Institute and lead faculty on the project. He touched on many aspect of this project such as sustainability, affordability and community input and cost considerations. In addition to being a model or prototype for the future's energy efficent homes, there is a very touching human side to this story as well. Through Habitat for Humanity, a working single mom with three young children will get this home in the DC area.

This home will be dismantled and put onto three seperate trucks and hauled down to Washington DC for the 10th annual Solar Decathlon. The team will have only 7 days to assemle the home and finalize the interior and exterior. There will be a workshop this Thursday at 6:30 on the waterfront to showcase the home before it is shipped off. To attend you must RSVP at the following web address:

For more information about the 2011 Solar Decathlon go this link: 2011 Solar Decathlon

Below are some photos and videos of the speakers at last night's party....


Various speakers on the Solar Decathlon Celebration 8-23-2011:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer on the Solar Decathlon Celebration 8-23-2011: