The University of North Carolina is getting ready to celebrate Campus Sustainability Day this year, after the huge success of last year, wherein students came dressed in costumes made out of recycled materials. Campus Sustainability Day this year plans to take things a notch higher than last year by presenting two major events: the Reusable Regatta Challenge and the Electric Car Charging Stations Grand Opening.

The entire even will be hosted by the Sustainability Office and will be held on Lake Raleigh and Centennial Campus. Grand opening of the Electric Automobile Charging Station will be celebrating the inclusion of 5 charging stations on the Centennial Campus. Students shall be allowed to test drive the plug-in full-sized vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Eco-Friendly Cars Built by Students for Reusable Regatta Challenge

The EcoCar 2 will also be on display after competing in the Los Angeles finals, and is an environmental friendly student-friendly car. On the Campus Sustainability Day, apart from all these green cars, there will also be food trucks and Howling Cow ice creams provided for free. A big change in the regular schedule of this day is the inclusion of the Reusable Regatta Challenge. It will be hosted for the first time and will be organized by the Sustainability Office.

Eco-Friendly Promotional Items to Be Used for the Reusable Regatta Challenge

The Reusable Regatta Challenge participants will have to use recycled plastic jugs, bottles, plastic bags and wooden pallets to build a raft, which can be moved across the Raleigh Lake. Competition's main aim is to increase the usage of eco-friendly promotional items and to encourage sustainability amongst the participants.

The teams are allowed to have a minimum of 2 members and a maximum of 4 members. Construction of the raft can be done as the team pleases and at least 2 of the team members must cruise across the Lake Raleigh and back on the raft. Some rafts may go all the way across and some may not, owing to the fact that the rafts are constructed from recyclable materials, but the entire competition is going to be real fun.

Teams are going to be given about 2 hours to construct the watercraft. The race will also be for 2 hours. Raft building needs to be done with the teams own supplies and must show up at least fifteen minutes before the start of the race.