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Solar Decathlon Project Update

Posted by Alec McKay on September 16, 2021


From: Majerus, Elizabeth

Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:25 PM

To: White, Morgan

Cc: Gharpure, Prajakta Milind; Kovitz, Kyle Paige; Low, Khee; Davis, Peter ; Collins, Halie Jean; Kroencke, Janet Lynn

Subject: Re: Following up with Solar Decathalon Design Team


Hi Prajakta, Peter, Khee, and Kyle,

I really loved the work you did on envisioning an energy efficient retorfit and addtion for Uni High's beautiful historic building. Uni will be moving forward in the next five years with a fundraising plan for an expansion and update of our building, and we'd love to be able to consult with some or all of you as we lay that groundwork. 

Halie, we'd also love to have any current ISD students/staff involved, if there's interest. I'm also CCing our Director of Advancement, Janet Kroenke, who will be in the lead of the fundraising efforts that will make our future building update possible. 

Please let me know if you'd like to be part of a conversation about drawing on the Uni High Solar Decathalon Design project for our future planning.

Take care,





Elizabeth Majerus, Ph.D. 


University Laboratory High School

Provost/VCAA Admin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 


From: White, Morgan

Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:00 AM

To: Majerus, Elizabeth

Cc: Gharpure, Prajakta Milind; Kovitz, Kyle Paige; Low, Khee; Davis, Peter; Collins, Halie Jean 

Subject: RE: Following up with Solar Decathalon Design Team


Hi Elizabeth!

This is great to hear.  And congratulations on being named the Director.

I’m copying all the students you named, and the current ISD lead, Halie Collins.  Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with!







Associate Director of F&S for Sustainability


Facilities & Services | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1501 S Oak Street (MC-800) | Champaign, IL 61820


From: Majerus, Elizabeth

Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2021 12:06 PM

To: White, Morgan 

Subject: Following up with Solar Decathalon Design Team


Hi Morgan,


I'm interested in following up on the wonderful Solar Decathalon project that the student design team presented on in May 2020. This was something that I had hoped to do during the 2020-21 school year, but the pandemic really shifted my expectations and task list. 

I wondered if you might have contact information for any of the students who worked on the Uni project. Prajakta Gharpure, Khee Kim Low, Peter Davis, Kyle Kovitz were the students who presented that day.

We are hoping to stay in our present Uni building, and ideas like those that these students shared are an inspiration for what might be possible in terms of the greater space and updated infrastructure we'll need to sustain our school.

Thanks for any help you can offer on this.


Take care,