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The Penn State EcoCAR team recently created LiveGreen, a campaign to promote sustainability at Penn State.

In March and April, members of the team implemented LiveGreen at youth presentations, community events, and Earth Week at Penn State. To promote the program, the team partnered with influencers in the community including, State College mayor Elizabeth Goreham, Penn State “Captain Planet” Paul Ruskin, Drew Astorino of Penn State Football, and Mike El-Saleh of Penn State Fencing.

The team also handed out more than 5,000 LiveGreen bracelets to students, community members, and youth in the area. The bracelets symbolized the importance of living a green lifestyle.

How do you live green? Check out the cool video below for helpful tips.

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Penn State EcoCAR team members with Pittsburgh's Pirate Parrot

The Penn State EcoCAR team attended the fourth annual SpikesFest on Valentine’s Day, with a goal of raising awareness in their local community about the EcoCAR Challenge. SpikesFest, a family-friendly indoor baseball festival, is put on each year by the State College Spikes minor league baseball team. More than 1,500 State College residents attended the festival, and were given the opportunity to hang out with the mascots from both the State College Spikes and Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition, they were able to speak with members of green student organizations and participate in fun activities, such as creating their own baseball cards.  

SpikesFest was also a great event to promote the LiveGreen influencer campaign that was initiated by outreach coordinator Dana Bubonovich. “SpikesFest was the perfect opportunity to expand our education outreach efforts to the community,” said Bubonovich.  

At the festival, Penn State EcoCAR outreach members handed out pamphlets about their team, as well as LiveGreen bracelets, EcoCAR balloons, coloring pages and word searches for the children.  The team was also able to gain support and hang out with local sports mascots.  The Nittany Lion, Ike the Spike, and Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot stopped by the EcoCAR booth to show support Penn State’s Advanced Vehicle Team as well as the LiveGreen campaign.  

Although most of the crowd consisted of children, many parents and adults were interested to know that college students are taking an active role in developing “greener” vehicle technologies.  

Jaclyn Stratten, an outreach team member, was impressed with the amount of adults who were interested and knowledgeable about the EcoCAR Challenge. “While the kids were picking up coloring pages, the parents would ask our engineers in-depth questions about specific features in the vehicle,” said Stratten.  “It was great to see the parents engaging as much as the kids.”  

Many adults offered suggestions about what they would like to see in a hybrid SUV.  One mother with three children asked if the Penn State EcoCAR could include a third row of seating, while another father wished for 50mpg in the E-REV.  The event reflected people’s concerns about the environment and their tremendous interest in hybrid vehicles.  Many of their suggestions were relevant to all Americans and could be used in future hybrid vehicles.  

Overall, the event was a success for the Penn State EcoCAR team. They were able to raise awareness about their program, along with other green initiatives, while having fun and engaging with their local community.   

TreeHugger reports that by the end of 2010, you could see an electric version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom on the road. The mother of all luxury vehicles is now “going green!”

If the car goes on sale, it will likely be in small numbers, but the roll-out will certainly help increase consumers’ interest in electric vehicle technology. 

What kind of cars would you like to see “go green?”

Rolls-Royce Phantom

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Many NFL players like to drive larger vehicles – like pick-up trucks and SUVs. However, Giants linebacker, Danny Clark, is breaking the mold and opting for a Smart car to get him to and from practice.

Like the EcoCAR students, Danny is a fan of environmentally friendly vehicles and wants to do his part to help protect the planet and its future generations. Check out his full story, here.

Hard to believe his 6-foot-2, 245-pound body fits behind the wheel!

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Giants linebacker, Danny Clark, with his Smart car

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The Penn State EcoCAR team was recently featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Penn State’s Outreach Magazine because of its educational outreach and energy sustainability efforts. When most people think of Penn State, they think “football school” or “research,” never “outreach.” But the school has a strong  interest in serving the people, so the EcoCAR team’s efforts made a perfect story for the magazine. The team takes a dynamic and unique approach to K-12 education,  teachs the community ways to reduce energy consumption in everyday life, and strives to educate the Penn State community about energy sustainability and automotive technologies.

Check out the article to learn how the Penn State team plans to “Green Up” the world. The team owes many thanks to Karen Zitomer, for writing the story.

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The Georgia Tech EcoCAR team is very excited about its new partnership with CareerEco. The team’s Outreach Coordinator, Kary Winkler, met with the Founder of CareerEco, Gayle Oliver-Plath last week to discuss the current partnership between the two eco-friendly initiatives. CareerEco is a virtual recruiting platform, online job search community, and business network for socially conscious jobseekers interested in mobilizing their career into the cleantech, sustainability, and green job markets. “Gayle is an eco-force to be reckoned with,” says Kary. “She is in enabling environmentally-aware and sustainability-minded job seekers to be recruited by employers with similar values from the comfort of their personal computers!” CareerEco is actively spreading the word about EcoCAR, its sponsors, and the Georgia Tech team’s educational initiatives. Be on the lookout for great things to come from this powerful partnership!

Click here to check out CareerEco’s blog post about the GT EcoCAR team and the program’s national sponsors.

Stay tuned for all the Real Time BuzZ action: we will be tweeting (@GTEcoCAR), blogging and facebooking throughout Year 2!

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This video describes A123Systems’ technology and its participation as a sponsor in the EcoCAR Challenge.

Enjoy!

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Jerry Checking Out MSU's VUE

Jerry Checking Out MSU's VUE

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, visited the MSU EcoCar team Wednesday, September 30. Jerry came to MSU’s campus for the College of Business’s 3rd Annual Leadership Summit. The lecture series concluded with a “Peace, Love, and Leadership” Closing Extravaganza. Here, more than 2,000 students gathered for free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, festival booths and a speech by Mr. Greenfield on social responsibility. We feel that Ben and Jerry’s commitment to fair trade, going green and sustainability tie closely with some of EcoCar’s many messages. In addition to our station, the Extravaganza included booths from organizations such as the Community Service and Sustainability Committee, MSU Energy Management, MSUEco and the Starkville Community Market. The new MSU EcoCar was a big hit. Several students, faculty and community members stopped by to ask questions about the car; the MSU Shuttle drivers were especially fascinated by the more technical details of the mechanics. Jerry himself came to check out the booth before his presentation, asking detailed questions about the EcoCar project and sharing our enthusiasm for efforts towards sustainability.

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If you’ve been following the EcoCAR competition, then you know that starting Wednesday this week EcoCAR competitors will convene in Boston for the Fall Workshop to officially kick-off the second year of competition. We’re excited to spend this time in the Boston area, and we hope that by the end of the week, as the Cheers saying goes, “everyone will know our name!”

This is a really exciting time for the competition, because it’s the point when things really begin to heat up. The teams have made it through the design and modeling stage and, now that they are working with actual vehicles, they’re ready to “put the pedal to the metal” and accelerate zero to 60 – or, should we say, zero to “green” – in no time flat.
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The Winning OSU Team

The Winning OSU Team

We are excited to be writing a blog as the EcoCAR Year 1 Champs! Here is a little information about our team and a reflection of what has contributed to our success this year.

How did OSU get involved in EcoCAR?

OSU has been a participant in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) competitions such as FutureCAR, FutureTruck and ChallengeX since 1992. Most recently, our biodiesel, parallel-through-the-road hybrid electric vehicle placed 3rd in the final year of Challenge X, along with multiple awards including the MathWorks: Crossover to Model-Based Design Award. In addition, the OSU team placed a significant emphasis on marketing and outreach efforts in Challenge X, paving the way for further sophistication of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions through the increased Business and Outreach focuses in the EcoCAR Challenge Competition.
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