Nominate a Faculty Advisor or Alum for Solar Decathlon Richard King Award by February 18

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January 20, 2022

Nominate a Faculty Advisor or Alum for Solar Decathlon Richard King Award by February 18

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Solar Decathlon teams, with competition director Richard King at the center, pose for an official group photo to begin the 2015 Build Challenge at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Do you know an outstanding U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Alum or Faculty Advisor?

The Department of Energy is accepting nominations for the 2022 Richard King Awards. Two awards will be presented during the Solar Decathlon Competition Event, April 22‒24, 2022. One award will be presented to an outstanding Solar Decathlon Faculty Advisor and one to an outstanding Solar Decathlon Alum.

The Richard King Award honors the founder of the Solar Decathlon. After launching the first Solar Decathlon in 2000, King directed the competition until his retirement from the Department of Energy in 2015. This award was created in 2017 when it was first presented to honor King at the Solar Decathlon hosted in Denver, Colorado.

Awardees will be selected based on their contributions to the transition to a clean energy economy and demonstrated dedication to at least one edition of the Solar Decathlon.

Learn more about eligibility criteria and access nomination forms.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 18, 2022. Nominate an outstanding Solar Decathlon Alum or Faculty Advisor today!

About the Solar Decathlon  

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® is a collegiate competition that prepares the next generation of building professionals to design and build high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables. The Design Challenge is a one- to two-semester, design-only competition, while the Build Challenge is a two-year design-build competition.  

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, the Solar Decathlon has challenged more than 25,000 students to create efficient, affordable buildings powered by renewables, while promoting student innovation, STEM education, and workforce development opportunities in the buildings industry.  

Buildings account for 75% of electricity use, 40% of total energy use, and 35% of carbon emissions in the United States. Solar Decathlon supports a key strategy for tackling climate challenges: developing a workforce that is equipped to design and construct a low-carbon building stock and deliver an equitable clean energy future.  

Additional details are available on the Solar Decathlon website.  

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