News Release| EcoCAR 2 team award; Cal State L.A.

MEDIA ALERT: Tuesday, April 23

Cal State L.A.’s EcoCAR 2 team receives Green Leadership Award

L.A. County recognizes outstanding, innovative projects that improve local environment

Los Angeles, CA—Cal State L.A.’s EcoCAR 2 team will be honored in the non-profit category by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with the Fifth Annual Green Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative energy conservation and environmental efforts by the private and public sectors.

The award will be presented by Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas on Tuesday, Apr. 23, at 9:30 a.m. during the board’s weekly meeting. The boardroom is located in Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple Street, room 381-B, in downtown Los Angeles.

“I was really excited when I saw the email notification come through,” said Abraham Vargas, business manager for CSULA EcoCAR 2 team. “Our team has been doing a lot of work this year and many of the team members are really committed to making sure we succeed. We want our city to be aware of how sustainable technologies can improve their way of life, and working on getting Los Angeles invested in this technology can have a big impact.”

Cal State L.A.’s EcoCAR 2 team is the only California team participating in a three-year competition, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. The contest challenges the 15 university teams to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles by minimizing the vehicle’s fuel consumption, reducing emissions while at the same time retaining performance, safety and consumer appeal. The students are designing and integrating their Ethanol 85 powered plug-in hybrid solution into an all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

The CSULA EcoCAR 2 team aims to meet the competition goals while also educating fellow and middle school students and the public about sustainable technological advances in transportation. Team members, who represent the next generation of engineers, gain real world experience in the development of complex vehicle technologies.

“I am very proud that the CSULA team can hold its head high at this level, and compete among experienced competition teams. Many students on our team receive first-rate training from the competition and CSULA faculty, preparing them for the exciting world of advanced automotive development—those are the first rate jobs in California,” said Professor David Blekhman, the team’s faculty adviser.

Other recipients for this year’s Green Leadership Awards include Christina Kull Martens, Manager, Process Improvement, Northrop Grumman Corp. (chair category); Sony Pictures Entertainment – Sustainable Education and Outreach (business); Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission – Culver City Rainwater Harvesting Program (public agency); and Department of Public Works – Sustainable Pavement Treatment for County Roads (Los Angeles County).

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