Clean Cities sets Odyssey 2012: Detroit Area Clean Cities invites you to attend Odyssey 2012, an event showcasing the latest advancements in clean transportation. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Gullen Mall at Wayne State University. National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey is a biennial event sponsored by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University and dedicated to promoting cleaner choices in transportation. Clean Energy Coalition, administrator of Detroit Area Clean Cities, is partnering with the Wayne State University EcoCAR 2 Team to host Odyssey 2012 and raise awareness of these technologies among students, faculty, and visitors on campus at Wayne State University. Organizers will be displaying vehicles, distributing giveaways, and talking to visitors in the flagpole area of Gullen Mall. The event will include two Chevrolet Volts, an SPX Power Xpress charging station, a Roush CleanTech propane autogas vehicle, a Westport Light Duty compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle, Odyssey Day t-shirts for the first 50 visitors, information and promotional materials from the WSU EcoCAR 2 Team, and information and promotional materials from the U.S. Department of Energy and NAFTC Alternative fuel vehicles represent a critical solution to our nation’s dependence on foreign oil for transportation fuel. Alternative fuels have fewer emissions and often offer consumers operating savings. Industry experts will be on hand to provide detailed information about fuels and technologies. More at www.cec-mi.org
Tour Wayne State’s Chemistry Building, 2012 ESD Award Winner: The Engineering Society of Detroit will offer tours of the Wayne State University Chemistry Building, the 2012 ESD Construction & Design Award Winner, on Monday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the building, 5101 Cass Ave. in Detroit. Throughout the Chemistry Building’s design and construction, emphasis was placed on ensuring at least a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating through high energy and environmental performance. LEED, a certificate program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, offers points for buildings meeting standards in sustainable building design and construction. The expansion achieved design objectives in both safety and environmental sustainability, allowing the university to make a long-term investment in safe translational research and energy conservation. One of the energy-saving features is the sloped “green” roof, which reduces energy costs by maintaining a cooler building during warm summers. Please note that attendees with pacemakers are not recommended in a portion of the tour for health concerns. Register by calling (248) e53-0735. The cost is $25 for ESD Members. Non-members can join ESD for $54 and attend the tour for free.