U of Maryland takes early lead in Solar Decathlon.

Through October 2, the National Mall is the place to be for solar-powered living. The winner of this U.S. Department of Energy competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Design Within Reach is proud to be a sponsor of the WaterShed by the University of Maryland. The WaterShed shows how the built environment

can help preserve watersheds everywhere by managing storm water onsite, filtering pollutants from greywater, and minimizing water use. The innovative structure includes photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays, a "liquid desiccant waterfall" (for humidity control), a green roof and an edible wall system. Check it out and let us know what you think, and vote for U.Maryland's WaterShed!