Altwheels will include energy education component
Submitted by Shawn Reeves
[updated Sep 7 2006]
Altwheels is an annual event featuring discussions, exhibits, test-drives, and activities about transportation. This year, the event kicks into overdrive with two days on Boston's City Hall Plaza, multiplying traditional attendance ten-fold or more.
Solar car racers, in the mold of Junior Solar Sprint, will be on exhibition Saturday morning. An Energy Freedom Trail (see list below) will be comprised of stops featuring steps we can take to use energy sustainably. Dozens of examples of alternative transportation, and their representatives, will be present in an exhibition, including a steam-powered car, compressed natural gas buses, biodiesel dump trucks, in-line skates, electric cars and scooters, and the omnipresent hybrid vehicles.
Educators are needed to volunteer on the Energy Freedom Trail, especially at the education stop and the solar car race Saturday.
To volunteer, contact the AltWheels volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're interested in the solar car race, contact email@example.com or click on "Submit a note" at the bottom of most every page at EnergyTeachers.org
Altwheels' main page: http://altwheels.org
Sat, Sun Sep 16, 17: AltWheels Transporation Speaker Series at the Boston Museum of Science:
10:00-5:00 Museum of Science Symposium on Alternative Transportation, Urban Design, Car Designs for the Future and much more. Free to AltWheels Members, Museum of Science Members, and AltWheels Volunteers. Others pay Science Museum Admission.
Thu Sep 21: AltWheels Museum of Transportation-to-MIT Caravan
4-7:30 p.m. Alternative Transportation Caravan from Larz Anderson to Stata Center at MIT. Let us know if you have an alternative vehicle and want to be in the caravan. Otherwise come meet us at 6 at the MIT Stata Center with the media for a preview of our show. Only alternative vehicles can be in the caravan.
Fri, Sat Sep 22, 23: AltWheels Festival on Boston City Hall Plaza
Friday 7:00-7:00 p.m.. Boston City Hall Plaza. Come meet Mayor Menino, see more than 60 vehicles including more than 16 types of alternative transportation technology, be one of the first 1000 people to pledge to change a lightbulb on the Energy Freedom Trail and get a free CFL lightbulb, bring your bike to the REI free bike repair tent, hear talks by Peter Senge, Francis Moore Lappe, EO Wilson, Sousan Abadian and Ron Heifitz, and Patricia Aberdeen, and experience the first alternative transportation awards. Music from 5:30-7:00 pm by Kevin Connelly.
Saturday 10:00-4:00 p.m. Boston City Hall Plaza. See more than 60 vehicles including more than 16 types of alternative transportation technology, be one of the first 1000 people to pledge to change a lightbulb on the Energy Freedom Trail and get a free CFL lightbulb, bring your bike to the REI free bike repair tent, many events for kids including activities from the Museum of Science, the Children's Museum, the New England Aquarium. Music all day from the CocaBanana band.
Sun Sep 24: AltWheels Festival Lawn Show at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum (MOT) in Brookline, MA
10:00-4:00 p.m. Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline. Come join us at our original home. See more than 60 vehicles including more than 16 types of alternative transportation technology, have a chance to talk with users of alternative transportation technologies, test drive some of the many scooters and Segways, meet the pioneers who have converted their vehicles to run on used vegetable oil and much more.
Stops on the Energy Freedom Trail (Friday and Saturday):
1. Carbon Neutral Footprint Calculator
2. Green Credits - What they are, how to purchase them
3. Plant a tree ? US
4. Plant a tree - International
5. Benefits of Recycling
6. Solar Energy
7. Compare emissions output of local transportation choices
8. Compare emissions impact of car models, 10 Best, 10 Worst
9. Purchase energy saving fluorescent bulbs
10. Purchase environmentally friendly products
11. Municipal Fleet Conversion Programs
12. Help for teachers in educating their students on Environmental Issues
13. Local Government Action
14. Third World Programs
15. Bike Boston
16. Walk Boston
17. Wind Turbines
18. Storing/Selling green energy back to the grid
19. Sustainable Foods
20. Green Building
21. Environmental Investing
22. Compare Ecological Footprint of Different Countries
23. Sustainable Lifestyles