Being a member of the University of Waterloo Alternatives Fuel Team (UWAFT) means something different to everyone. However, for the business students at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), it means having the opportunity to work with the Canada’s top engineering students and actively join the green transportation movement. Since the culture of the School of Business and Economics at WLU is enormously competitive, students are mildly obsessed with having the largest extracurricular involvement with the best student run associations.
The perception of UWAFT is quite different from many of the other organizations on campus, as it connects UW engineering students and WLU business students for participation in the renowned EcoCAR 2 Competition. As a business student from Laurier, the technical nature of re-building the Chevrolet Malibu can be quite overwhelming. Mainly, the business students are hired as members of the Business and Communications Teams that develop sponsorship, outreach and marketing programs. UWAFT also holds a pristine position due to its long history of success in other U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, including a first place finish in the Outreach category for EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.
Environmental student clubs across all universities are beginning incorporate other disciplines such as business, engineering, communications or the sciences. Every core (required) course at Laurier’s business program touches on the sustainability and the environmental impacts of organizations in an attempt to teach students the importance of measuring a firm’s performance not only by profitability, but by its impact on people and planet as well. This trend and increasing awareness is further augmenting the popularity and importance of what UWAFT represents and what it strives to do for green transportation.
Once students are offered a position with UWAFT, it is a feeling of excitement to work with an elite group of students who share passion and work ethic exceeding the norm, and pride to be a part of a well-established, innovative organization that possesses a strong history of triumph on a multinational stage.