Year Established: 2011 Start Date: 2011-07-03 End Date: 2012-02-29
Total Federal Funds: $25,107 Total Non-Federal Funds: $56,072
Principal Investigators: Amy Gardner
Abstract: Maryland’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011, WaterShed, proposes solutions to both water and energy shortages. Maryland is one of 20 university teams worldwide, competitively selected to participate in the competition in Washington, DC, in October. WaterShed is a model for how the built environment can help preserve the richness of the Chesapeake Bay and watersheds everywhere by managing stormwater on site, filtering pollutants from greywater, and minimizing water use. WaterShed is unique among Solar Decathlon 2011 entries in its holistic approach to water conservation. Maryland Water Resources Research Center funding will support the students working on the water aspects of WaterShed: the green roof, constructed wetlands, rainwater catchment, and greywater reuse system; purchase of materials for these systems; and outreach and education materials directly pertaining to the house's water and wastewater features.