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As part of Indiana University’s Sustainability “Themester,” the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology EcoCAR team brought their vehicle to Bloomington and put it on display. IU’s Themester is an initiative to engage the collective knowledge and creativity of the faculty and involve undergraduate students in the exploration of ideas that span all disciplines but relate back to one theme. The Fall 2010 theme at IU was Sustainability: Thriving on a Small Planet, so the EcoCAR competition was a fantastic tie-in.

IU was so impressed with RHIT’s EcoCAR that they featured the vehicle in the Themester’s closing ceremonies! Watch the video below to learn more:

The University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) recently invited students and local community members to an awareness event on campus. At the event, the team displayed its GM-donated vehicle and talked one-on-one with attendees about the EcoCAR Challenge.

The most exciting part of the day was when a group of 7th and 8th grade students came to visit. They were eager to learn about the EcoCAR competition and asked a lot of interesting questions. The Waterloo team had a great time talking to the students about alternative fuels and how green car innovation can help bring about a more sustainable future.

The University of Waterloo EcoCAR team believes that by educating people on sustainable technology, it can help reduce our impact on the planet.

On October 7, Happy Valley was packed with students, alumni, and fans waiting to see the Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. While the stadium was bursting with people ready to watch a great football game, a group of students were close by promoting automotive and energy sustainability.

Nestled on the east side of Beaver Stadium near the MorningStar Solar Home, the Penn State and Ohio State EcoCAR teams were setting up shop for a busy day. Despite the football rivalry, Penn State invited Ohio State to a friendly tailgate, giving friends, family, alumni, and visitors an opportunity to see both hybrid vehicles first hand.

At the tailgate, the teams talked about their vehicle designs for both the EcoCAR and Challenge X advanced vehicle technology competitions (AVTC). Many people stopped by and were interested in learning more about the program. The teams shared stories and discussed the benefits of having programs like EcoCAR offered at their universities. 

The sustainability tailgate was a great success. Despite the school rivalry, the EcoCAR teams showed fans and tailgaters that while they hold grudges on the field, they can come together for a sustainable cause. Penn State is excited to carry on the tailgate tradition and is looking forward to showing off their EcoCAR next year.

Penn State and Ohio State team members at the sustainability tailgate

Engineering is intense.  Turning a Saturn VUE into a next-generation vehicle takes skill, intelligence and commitment.  Okay, it’s also a lot of fun.  So, in the spirit of racing toward sustainability, the EcoCAR team members spent last evening racing around a track at F1 Boston.  Today, they were back in workshops poring over information on optimizing vehicles for fuel economy, performance and emissions, but, as you can see by the pictures below (thanks to Martin Velilla), last night it was all about EIL – Engineers-in-the-Loop, a figure-8 loop that is.

EcoCAR Team Members Line Up Before Start

EcoCAR Team Members Line Up Before Start

Neck and Neck Around the Track

Neck and Neck Around the Track

Click on Brochure to Register for EcoCAR Camp

Click on Brochure to Register for EcoCAR Camp

At Missouri University of Science and Technology, we’ve developed a new “equation”, i.e. E³= C, which stands for Energy, the Environment and Education equals Civilization. That formula is more than a clever play on Einstein’s theory of relativity. It also forms the foundation of our energy and sustainability initiatives at Missouri S&T. And, just as Einstein’s equation E=MC2 radically changed the way we view the universe, so too is E³= C is altering the way Missouri S&T approaches matters of energy production and conservation and environmental sustainability, i.e. “Green.”

Currently, Missouri S&T is building a renewable energy facility “E³Commons” which includes a hydrogen fueling station, a renewable energy power park (solar PV / wind / hydrogen fuel cell) and a student EcoCAR Team garage for the Missouri S&T EcoCAR team’s vehicle. The EcoCAR Challenge is a three-year collegiate competition that challenges universities across North America to build a sustainable vehicle utilizing different advanced technology solutions—each team will eventually integrate their plans into an actual vehicle, a 2009 Saturn Vue. The team was selected to design a cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (FC PHEV).
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Team member Emily Simmons hands Dara Stillman (tree) flower packets on Earth Day

Team member Emily Simmons hands Dara Stillman (tree) flower packets on Earth Day

On April 22, the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Technologies Team celebrated Earth Day at the University Park campus. The team parked outside of HUB-Robeson student center during lunch hours to talk with students and faculty about the EcoCAR Competition and the importance of environmentally-friendly automobiles. The team passed out flower seeds packets to students to emphasize the ‘going green’ theme and urged them to help protect the environment.

The team was also on hand during the signing of the EPA’s Sustainability Partnership Program. Penn State was the first university to join this partnership, which signifies the University’s commitment to a reduction in energy use and recycling efforts. After the signing, EPA officials talked with team members about the EcoCAR and Penn State’s efforts in the competition. Many officials seemed pleased with what we have accomplished and hope to work with us in the future.
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