Clean Cities is one of the many competition-level sponsors of the EcoCAR 2 competition. During Year Two, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology EcoCAR 2 team has worked extensively with the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition to broadly promote the competition and sustainability.
Clean Cities provides monetary assistance to each EcoCAR 2 team and this has allowed RHIT team members to feel as though they are competing in the real-world and are rewarded for their hard work and dedication. Each day, the engineers are able to gain hands-on experience while working on their vehicle in the Branam Innovation Center. The communication and business teams also gain real-world experience in the areas of media, marketing and business tasks.
During Year Two, Rose-Hulman has been able to join forces with Clean Cities on National Alternative Fuel Day and the 10th annual Indiana Legislator Luncheon and Alternative Fuels & Technologies Expo. For ten consecutive years, Clean Cities has hosted this event to create awareness around alternative fuels. Rose-Hulman had the opportunity to showcase its engineering efforts at this professional and nationally recognized event. Clean Cities has put forth a tremendous amount of effort to highlight an equally important element of the program: community outreach.
Executive Director Kellie Walsh and Cris Dorman, director of communications for the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, have stressed the importance of collaboration and community outreach. The media, outreach and communication portion of the team creates exposure to educate the public on the importance of EcoCAR 2, and Clean Cities has participated in getting the word out.
This year, the RHIT team worked with Greater Indiana and attended the Odyssey Day celebration in Indianapolis. Walsh is heavily involved in RHIT’s efforts in the competition and hopes that each team member can experience “awareness and exposure” through the program. By working together for a nationally recognized event, the team has been able to expand its outreach to a broad audience. At the Indiana Legislator Luncheon, for example, the RHIT team had the opportunity to meet with State Legislators and representatives to discuss alternative fuel options. Without Clean Cities, these events would not be adding to a national transition to sustainable fuels and infrastructures.
The Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will continue to collaborate on events to further showcase their engineering, communication and business efforts. Check out this video to learn more about the relationship between RHIT and Clean Cities!