Solar Decathlon Honored With U.S. Green Building Council Leadership Award

July 7, 2022 | By Kelly MacGregor | Contact media relations

A group of people pose for a picture on stage with their trophies at an awards ceremony.
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Director Holly Jamesen Carr (center) accepts the 2022 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on June 9. Photo from USGBC

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® was honored with the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award during the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Live conference. The annual USGBC awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated vision and commitment to the advancement of the green building industry; other recipients this year included Marriott International and the District of Columbia.

"The Solar Decathlon team is proud of and humbled by this recognition," said Holly Jamesen Carr, director of the Solar Decathlon in the DOE Building Technologies Office. "I was thrilled to accept the award in person on behalf of the organizing team and our creative, passionate, and inspiring students and faculty members who devote so much to the program each year."

A glass trophy that reads U.S. Green Building Council, 2022 Leadership Award, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

At the awards ceremony on June 9, USGBC named Solar Decathlon as a "transformational industry program that has inspired future generations of sustainability professionals to explore the power and potential of clean energy through building design and performance, inspiring ingenuity and teamwork beyond the walls of the classroom."

A video was also created for the event to showcase the Solar Decathlon's impact.

"The USGBC Leadership Awards are an opportunity to spotlight those who have gone above and beyond and are paving the way for the next chapter in green building," said USGBC interim president and CEO Peter Templeton. "Through their incredible work and dedication, this year's award recipients show us how we can create more sustainable buildings and communities with every LEED project."

Ready To Get Involved?

  • Stay tuned for the 2023 Design Challenge Rules release in mid-July and start building your 2023 team!
  • There are also opportunities for Solar Decathlon alumni to serve as mentors for current teams, to connect with high school students as part of the new SD Pathways program, and for industry professionals to explore zero-energy design strategies through the SD Professionals practicum (in partnership with the American Institute of Architects).