January 3, 2011
Check the classifieds in this issue to learn about job opportunities--including a president/general manager, a director of bus transportation, an executive director, and a county director of transportation!
AC Transit Supports ‘Clean and Green’ Project for Area High School Girls
The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in Oakland, CA, has joined with Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (Girls Inc.) to encourage high school girls to develop clean and green public transportation ideas.
Participants in the project, “Green Riders: Innovative Transportation Systems,” will consider fuel systems, bus technologies, and improved public transit access as a means toward the goals of increasing ridership and decreasing environmental impact. They also will conduct outreach programs for their peers and the larger community, advocating and engineering design solutions for the transit agency.
AC Transit employees will serve as professional role models to the girls, introducing them to careers that will help them develop innovations for a world facing environmental challenges.
“We are thrilled to be involved in providing experiences that expose young women to professional career tracks,” said AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King. “I am particularly gratified that AC Transit is involved in this effort that develops young women for future leadership positions.”
The four-month collaborative project is part of the National Science Foundation-funded InnovaTE3 program, developed by the research development organization SRI; TERC, a group devoted to interesting students in science and math; and Girls Inc., to challenge high school girls to develop ecologically sustainable innovations such as green buildings and clean transportation solutions.