Cutting the transportation footprint

Mark Landes, Hesston College vice president of Finance and Auxiliary Services pulls a wagon of children from the college's preschool on a solar-charged personal activities vehicle to lead the Earth Day parade featuring alternative transportation options.

A parade in celebration of alternative transportation options makes its way across the Hesston College campus during the college’s Earth Day celebration April 24. A personal activities vehicle (PAV) built by students in Nelson Kilmer’s Physics II class led the parade. Also part of the parade were solar-powered bicycles built by previous years’ physics students, Kilmer’s Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid car which runs off of solar energy from his home and has averaged 99 miles per gallon of fuel over the last three months, and a Ford Fusion Hybrid car on display from Mel Hambleton Ford (Wichita, Kan.). Hesston College’s Earth Day celebration included presentations on transportation alternatives and ways to reduce vehicle emissions.