Students showcase completed entry for U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013

WHAT: On Tuesday, Aug. 27, students from three D.C. universities – The Catholic University of America, the George Washington University and American University – will unveil their one-of-a-kind, energy-efficient home to the public before transporting it across the country for competition in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which is held Oct. 3-13 in Irvine, Calif.

Following the competition, Team Capitol DC, a group of more than 100 students across three campuses, will donate its home to Wounded Warrior Homes, a California-based nonprofit organization that helps military veterans returning from combat to recuperate. The students’ innovative sustainable house, deemed HARVEST HOME, is custom built to help a U.S. military veteran experiencing mental or physical trauma heal.

Team Capitol DC is one of only 20 collegiate teams from around the world selected to participate in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, a biennial competition.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: The Catholic University of America – HARVEST HOME site located adjacent to Father O’Connell Hall, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C.

VISUALS: First public tour of completed, student-constructed home; student architects and engineers on site


  • Mia Roseberry, founder of Wounded Warrior Homes
  • Student architects and engineers
  • William Jelen, project manager, Solar Decathlon, Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning

CONTACT: To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy Hines in Catholic University’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or For more information, please visit