Friday, August 26, 2011

Ford and Michigan Tech team up to imagine better community transit system

By Jennifer Donovan, Michigan Tech Director of Public Relations
Posted Aug. 25, 2011 on Michigan Tech News

HOUGHTON -- Do you ever ride the bus in Houghton and Hancock? Would you, if it were more convenient?

Soon it may be. Michigan Technological University Enterprise students have received a Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grant to study the existing mass transit system in Houghton and Hancock and develop a model that would be more sustainable economically, environmentally and socially.

Michigan Tech’s Transportation Enterprise and Automotive Computing Enterprise (ACE) won the $50,000 competitive grant. Enterprises are teams of students who take on real-world problems and -- with industry partners -- use their Tech education to find practical solutions.

Ford C3 is a national challenge grant competition that recognizes colleges and universities that use a school's resources to address an urgent community need related to the grant's theme: Building Sustainable Communities. Proposals are expected to incorporate the use of alternative energy in a unique way. Unlike many traditional college grant programs, Ford C3 requires colleges to create proposals that have significant student input, involvement and leadership from beginning to end. Given this requirement, winning proposals have a distinctive student perspective on what it means to have a sustainable community.

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