Destler issues ‘Green Vehicle Challenge’ for Imagine RIT

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There’s a new twist to this year’s Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. RIT President Bill Destler has issued a “Green Vehicle Challenge” to the campus community.

Destler has challenged RIT students, faculty and staff to design and construct a vehicle that consumes less total energy than his electric bicycle.

“We all need to do our part to help save Planet Earth,” says Destler. “Who knows? Maybe a participant will discover the right formula to fix our global energy problems.”

Vehicles must carry at least one person weighing more than 150 pounds on a three-mile route along the RIT loop using a form of energy other than human power. The winning vehicle must complete the course in less than 30 minutes.

The challenge takes place at 9 a.m. May 2. The winner will be announced at 10 a.m. during the festival’s opening ceremony. The winning team will win either an antique banjo from Destler’s collection or $1,000. For information on the rules of the challenge, visit

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