Pretty Brilliant

Fort Collins-area girls in middle school and high school teamed up with engineering majors at Colorado State to design lighting for a Habitat for Humanity home for a single mother and her two children. Working together on this project, the girls and students were Pretty Brilliant.

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Campus expands electric vehicle charging options

Want to commute in an electric vehicle? Colorado State University now offers 18 electric vehicle chargers at seven on-campus stations. These charging stations allow faculty, staff and visitors to use an eco-friendly means of alternative transportation right on campus. Locations:

  • Between Durward Hall and Laurel Village, along Laurel Street.
  • Between Scott Bioengineering and Rockwell West.
  • At University Services Center on Laurel and Meldrum streets.
  • At Powerhouse Energy Campus at 430 N. College Ave.
  • At Facilities Services South parking lot on Lake Street and East Drive.
  • First floor of the Lake Street Garage at Lake Street between Prospect Road and Center Avenue
  • Research Blvd parking lot directly west of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Electric vehicles enhance sustainability efforts at Colorado State by offering an inexpensive and clean way to get around town, and also usher in a new era of sustainable transportation that will continue for generations to come. These free charging stations are available to all employees and visitors who have a Chargepoint card and a valid Parking and Transportation Services parking permit.
  • Use of the chargers is free.
  • Charging (and parking in a charging space) is limited to four hours.
  • All electric vehicles must have a valid CSU parking permit including daily or hourly permits.
  • To park in a designated electric vehicle space or to charge on campus, all users must register their campus parking permit as an electric vehicle permit.
  • To register the vehicle as an electric vehicle, visit Parking and Transportation Services at the Lake Street Garage, first floor office.
  • All electric vehicles must have a visible electric vehicle designation sticker from state of Colorado.
  • Out-of-state vehicle? Come to the Parking and Transportation Services office to receive your electric vehicle sticker.
  • Chargepoint chargers require a Chargepoint card. Parking and Transportation Services will outline details regarding your specific vehicle when you come in to register your electric vehicle permit.
In addition to providing clean and sustainable transportation, state and federal tax credits help make buying an electric vehicle an even smarter choice. In addition to a federal tax credit of $7,500, Colorado residents can claim an additional state credit of up to $6,000 when they buy an electric vehicle. Together, these incentives significantly reduce the cost of buying an electric vehicle – more than 40 percent in some cases. Purchasing a vehicle at the end of the calendar year helps to provide a quick turnaround to receive tax credits for 2015. Colorado State University is a member of Drive Electric Northern Colorado, which is organizing a group buy price reduction for electric vehicles for northern Colorado residents. The university also has taken the Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge pledge.

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Agronomy club to sponsor 5K Nov. 29

5K Fun Run 9 a.m. Nov. 29 5KLooking to run off some of your Thanksgiving dinner? Then the Agronomy Club’s Nov. 29 5K might be the event for you. The club will host its first-ever 5K Fun Run which will begin at 9 a.m. The 5K will start and finish at Colorado State University’s Oval, and proceeds will support the Agronomy Club’s professional development activities as well as the group’s philanthropic endeavors which include supporting a family during the holiday season through the Adopt-a-Family program. Inaugural race “This is our inaugural race,” said Kathryn Rocha, treasurer of the Agronomy Club. “We hope to get a decent crowd in our first year and then build up word-of-mouth for next year’s run. The race will help support our club members who we send to our national convention every year and will help us purchase holiday gifts for a local family.” Participants can register at the website. Early registration is $25 and increases to $30 from Nov. 25 through race day. Paid registration includes a commemorative event t-shirt. Racers younger than 12 years old can run for free. “This is precisely the kind of community engagement activity that we encourage our students to participate in,” said Mark Brick, acting head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. “The race will help them connect with the campus and Fort Collins communities and is a tangible example of the kind of outreach that our university is known for.” Sponsors The race has two levels of sponsors: gold ($150 or greater) and silver ($75). Gold level sponsors include Mycogen Seed, Stubbs Farms, and Premier Farm Credit. Silver level sponsors are: Dakota RV Storage; Bank of Colorado; JT Farms; Homeland; Urban Gardening Systems; and the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.

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