On April 19, 2009, students from the Embry-Riddle EcoCAR team, the EcoEagles, made an impressive display at the Daytona Kennel Club’s 2009 Earth Day event.
The event featured many local vendors of “green” technology for home and businesses, including solar panels, low-electricity LED lighting and non-toxic chemicals for industrial cleaning. Local car dealerships displayed hybrid vehicles and answered questions about vehicle performance and environmental impact.
The EcoEagles team was a headline presenter at the event, which focused heavily on environmental education for the greater Daytona Beach community. Team members were on hand to talk about environmental issues, hybrid vehicle technology, ways for everybody to be more “green” and, of course, about what the team is doing, both for the competition and in the community in general.
The Earth Day is event is one of many ways the EcoEagles team is fulfilling its requirements for the EcoCAR Challenge. When the team isn’t busy talking to the community about clean vehicle technology, it’s working hard in its own “green garage” preparing for the June finals in Toronto and beyond. The team will be travelling to Toronto will the other 16 teams to see which school takes the year-one victory lap.
For more information about the ERAU EcoEagles, visit their website at http://www.EcoEagles.org. For more information about Earth Day, please visit http://earthday.envirolink.org/history.html
Contributed by Vincent Sabatini, a graduate Mechanical Engineering student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the EcoEagles Team Leader.