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Bike to Work Week is May 15-19, 2017

By our partners at NEEF

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May is National Bike Month and May 15-19, 2017 is Bike to Work Week. Between 2000 and 2013, bicycle commuting rates in the United States increased by 62%. Bike commuting rates in large, bicycle-friendly communities – including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, St. Louis, Portland, and Washington, DC – increased by 105% over the same time period! Need convincing to hop on two wheels? Consider these facts:

  • Cycling benefits your health. Being active outside improves mental and physical well-being. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk for many health conditions, including high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Cycling benefits the environment…and your wallet. Leaving your car behind for even one trip saves fuel and reduces air pollution. In 2015, traffic congestion in the US wasted about three billion gallons of fuel and kept drivers stuck in their vehicles for more than seven billion extra hours! The total cost of all that congestion? $160 billion or $960 per commuter.

Try cycling to work or school just one day this week. Research has shown that the length of about half of all car trips – three miles – can be covered as quickly on a bike when parking and traffic delays are taken into account. These resources will help you on your way:

  • Find National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week events in your community.
  • Get tips for riding safely and performing maintenance on your bike from the League of American Bicyclists.
  • Check the Air Quality Index (AQI) before you head out. When the AQI hits “Code Orange,” sensitive groups, including people with asthma, lung disease or heart disease, may experience health effects from air pollution. When you need to, adjust your outdoor activities to reduce the amount of pollution you breathe in.
  • No bike? Try carpooling or walking to work or school instead.

Read more here.

UPS Releases 14th Annual Sustainability Report & Reaches “Cleaner Miles” Goal Early


UPS Drives 1 Billion Cleaner Miles Meeting Goal Early

Photo from UPS.

Photo from UPS.

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the company has achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, and marked more than 10 years of learning from its “Rolling Laboratory.” UPS’s long-term commitment to sustainability is transforming commercial transportation and logistics, spurring growth in the clean fuels market and powering critical engineering advances. The company’s wider sustainability progress is detailed in the 14th annual Sustainability Report, released today.

“We had a big sustainability goal as we set out to make the most of our rolling laboratory by driving 1 billion clean miles in alternative fuel vehicles – that’s the equivalent of well over 4,000 trips to the moon,” said David Abney, Chairman and CEO, UPS. “While attaining this goal is new, our commitment to seeking out alternative fuels actually dates back to the 1930s when UPS tested electric vehicles. With more than 100,000 drivers logging more than 3 billion miles per year, our future depends on our ability to meet the growing demand for global trade while reducing our impact on the environment.”

UPS deepened its commitment to alternative fuels in 2012, when it set the goal of reaching 1 billion miles driven with alternative fuels by the end of 2017. Shattering that goal one year early, about 12 percent of the conventional diesel and gasoline fuel previously used by UPS’s ground fleet is now being replaced by alternative fuels including renewable natural gas and renewable diesel.

Read the full press release here.

Motorsports Maverick Don Panoz’s Favorite Color – Green

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Member of the Green Sports Alliance
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Don Panoz has to be any entrepreneur’s Renaissance Man.  His career has taken many turns both literally and figuratively.

His distinguished career began in 1961 when he and Army buddy and fellow West Virginia University alum Milan “Mike” Puskar founded Milan Pharmaceuticals in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., making Panoz the youngest president of a pharmaceutical company in the United States. Milan evolved into Mylan, a company that now sells an estimated 1,300 products to more than 140 countries and territories worldwide.

In the 1970s Panoz created Élan Corp. in Ireland, which became a leader in drug delivery products and technology. Panoz led a research team that created time-release medication through a transdermal patch, commonly used today as the nicotine patch. Élan Corp. was the first Irish company to be publicly listed on the U.S. stock exchange, and today Panoz retains over 300 pharmaceutical industry patents.

He has developed resorts in the United States (Chateau Elan/Braselton, GA), Australia and at St. Andrews in Scotland; built wineries on several continents (Australia and North America); been a key figure in technology companies Nanolumens (flexible screen technology) and HydroMentia (water treatment via natural, unmodified algae); and currently sits on the board of the International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT).

And that’s where the story begins to get interesting for all those Green Sports Alliance allies.

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Image provided by DeltaWing Technology Group

Panoz is a hybrid racing pioneer. In 1998, the same year he founded the American Le Mans Series, he debuted the world’s first successful modern hybrid race car – the Panoz Q9 GTR-1 Hybrid – which placed second in its class at the 1998 Petit Le Mans race.  Later, the American Le Mans Series would forge a relationship with the EPA and DOE to become the “Global Leader in Green Racing” in which all entrants, by rule, were required to compete using some form of alternative energy – ethanol, biobutanol, hybrid, diesel, hybrid-diesel.

In 1999 Panoz was named co-winner of Autosport magazine Technology Award, and he is the founder of the Women’s Global GT Championship. Panoz Indianapolis race cars won the famed Indy 500 in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2004. In 2006, Panoz Esperante GTLM race cars won both the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Panoz also was awarded the coveted “Sprit of Le Mans” award by L’Automobile Club d L’Ouest.  In 2014 he, along with Jim France, received the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Bob Russo Heritage Award in recognition of their contributions to motorsports throughout their careers and for preserving and expanding sports car racing in North America.

Today Panoz is managing member of DeltaWing® Project 56 LLC and chairman of DeltaWing® Technology Group, a Georgia-based automotive technologies company committed to helping automotive manufacturers deliver fuel efficient and emissions-reducing technologies that benefit everyday drivers. 

DeltaWing will soon evolve its DeltaWing race car into a DeltaWing GT road car.  The DeltaWing design features a vehicle design with about half the weight, roughly half the horsepower, significantly less fuel consumption, yet the same performance of its racing counterparts. 

The company is also slated to debut its CitiGo vehicle later this year.  DeltaWing’s CitiGo concept is a lightweight, efficient three-passenger car ideal for congested urban areas.  Its three-wheel configuration helps reduce rolling resistance, mass and weight, and like the DeltaWing, it can accept small internal combustion engines, electric motor or hybrid systems. 

DeltaWing also holds worldwide sales and distribution rights in the automotive category to the revolutionary and innovative DHX Automotive electric motors.  Thanks to its innovative approach to dissipating energy and torque sapping heat, DHX’s new motors are 75 percent smaller, significantly lighter, yet as powerful as conventional motors.

Accolades, as one would expect, are not new to Panoz, but one of the business industry’s greatest recognitions came in 2013, when he became just the 29th inductee into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, joining entrepreneurs such as Andrew Carnegie; Thomas Edison; Henry Ford; Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics; Bill Gates; Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies; Richard Branson; Sara Blakely, founder and owner of Spanx Inc.; Ted Turner; and Warren Buffet.

A Renaissance Man at every turn …