DOE sponsors the Race to Zero because it recognizeswhile it’s very effective at creating a pipeline of innovation for better buildings,better technologies, better practices, they will never have a chance to reach full potentialif there’s not an infrastructure of professionals who can apply them in the field.

So we need that next generation of architects,engineers, construction managers who can apply innovation and give us the buildings we deserve.

The students that – they are the futureof what our housing is.

And if they don’t get it right, our housingwon’t be right.

So I enjoy seeing the innovations, seeingthe excitement that they have, the lack of knowledge knowing that they’ll get knowledge.

And they all seem to have fun and enjoy beinghere and that invigorates me and makes me want to go back and do more.

Well, as a student being at our program thatI was in at the time at Auburn University, it actually focused on two different industrypartners working collaboratively to come up with a common goal.

And with the Race to Zero Energy you havea lot of different variables and factors to reach a common goal and a common solution.

So that’s where our program geared it upfor us to be a part of the Race to Zero Energy competition.

And that’s how we became a part of it.

I feel like I’m actually qualified to thejobs that I’m applying for, and the ones that I want in the future.

I want to be in sustainable design.

So, now that I have some experience to lookback on, I feel a lot better about it going into it.

I decided to join the Race to Zero becauseI’ve really been enjoying working with other disciplines and other people.

And in our building we have a mix of architects,and engineers, and building scientists.

And I wanted to reach out and do somethingcollaboratively with all of these people.

We got to know the different design solutionsof the problems we have currently.

And that was a great experience here.

And we got to know that there cannot be oneparticular solution for anything.

There are lots of things.

Lots of different aspects can be there tocome up with one solutions.

When students arrive here at NREL they getan opportunity to interact with the jurors and other industry professionals.

And that experience of collaborating togetheris very moving and great for the students.

If I had to give any advance to potentialparticipants in the Race to Zero it’s don't miss this opportunity.

From so many students, what I hear – thismay be one of the most significant experiences they have in their entire education.

They’re exposed, first, to content and toa way of thinking that is absolutely where the buildings industry is going.

They get out of the siloes of their own universitiesand they get exposed to 30 or more other universities and what they’re doing, and share storieswith other students.

They get to hear the thought leaders and tolearn about career opportunities that they wouldn’t get just being at home, at theuniversity.

My advice is be a participant, join the Raceto Zero.

I am the future of technology within the buildingindustry.

I am the future of educating about betterbuilding.

I am the future of sustainable female leadership.

I am the future of contributing to change.

I am the future of energy responsible design.

I am the future of making sustainable strategiespractical for the everyday person.

I am the future of multidisciplinary design.

I am the future of production-built zero-energyhousing.

I am future of energy efficiency.

I am the future of innovation.

I am the future of zero-energy ready homes.

I am the future of net-zero construction.