February 27, 2014 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - John Ciaffone, right, President of the TransOptions, an alternative transportation non-profit, presented the Livingston High School Eco-Lancers team with a check for $1,500, at the Board of Education meeting on February 24. The Eco-Lancers are a team that uses engineering concepts in an effort to create environmentally-sound transportation methods. TransOptions is involved in promoting efficient transportation options throughout New Jersey, including alternative commute options.
The Eco-Lancers will use the donation to purchase materials and supplies for building a vehicle to participate in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, an international challenge for high school and college student teams from around the world, including Europe, Asia and the Americas, to design, build, and test energy efficient vehicles. The students are tasked with building the most environmentally- efficient vehicle possible. The team hopes to design and build a vehicle that will exceed 2,000 miles per gallon—enough gas to drive from Livingston to Chicago and back using only one gallon of fuel. This year’s competition will take place in Houston.
In addition to their financial support, TransOptions has arranged some networking opportunities with major businesses throughout the state for the Eco-Lancers.