The next generation of building scientists is responding to the challenges of climate change with solutions that make equity a priority. This year’s JUMP into STEM Challenges asked student teams from across the country to develop inclusive and holistic building solutions, focusing on equal access to healthy indoor air quality, resilience for all, and accelerated market adoption.

“In finding solutions to reducing carbon emissions from U.S. buildings, we need to make sure disadvantaged communities are not burdened by a transition to renewable energy technologies,” said Kim Trenbath, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) innovation lead for systems technology research and development in the Building Technologies and Sciences Center. “We are truly impressed by the quantity and quality of innovative submissions this year. These young professionals continue to inspire us as we move closer to an equitable future of buildings.”