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Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) Reduce Carbon Footprint, Increase Fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Betty Sosnin   
Friday, 24 August 2012 11:21

Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs): Cool, Affordable, Earth-friendly Rides
Learn What Makes These Street-legal Vehicles the Way to Go

Augusta, Ga. (Aug. 21, 2012) –  October 15 is National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day and a good time to answer a question many people ask when they catch their first glimpse of a low-speed vehicle (LSV): What the heck is that?

These small, bright, Euro-style cars — also known as neighborhood electric vehicles — look more like something you’d see in Barcelona than Boston. Yet they’re turning heads from Manhattan’s Upper East Side to South Beach to San Diego.

“LSVs are the automotive equivalent of the slow-food movement,” says Mary A. Sicard, consumer marketing manager at Club Car, the manufacturer of the Villager LSV. “They’re timely, intelligent and cool. What’s more, they encourage the slower-paced lifestyle so many people want.”

Clean, Green Driving Machines

These electric, emissions-free cars are especially popular among people who care about the environment. Many of them know that every gallon of gas burned by a conventional car creates about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide for an annual average of six tons of carbon dioxide per car.

One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to drive an electric car. The Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Initiative’s Alternative Transportation Program reports that electric vehicles have saved nearly three billion gallons of petroleum since 1993.

Enjoy the Ride of Your Life
Then there’s the fun factor.

Stuffy gas guzzlers tend to isolate people from one another and the environment. LSVs, on the other hand, are open to sights, scents and sounds. These small, nimble vehicles make it easy for drivers to stop at shops, restaurants and to chat with friends. They foster social interaction and integrate shopping and dining into the fabric of your life. And they’re silent. No revving engines or backfiring.

“Residents of gated, retirement and urban communities are using their Villager LSVs for neighborhood transportation, shopping, running errands, dropping kids off at school, going out to dinner, zipping to the gym or just cruising,” Sicard says. “These vehicles make driving a pleasure, not just a means to an end.”

Although people sometimes mistake them for golf cars, LSVs are often a more practical choice for neighborhood transportation.

LSVs vs. PTVs vs. Golf Cars  
The term “golf car” is commonly used to refer to many different types of vehicles.  Specifically, golf cars are vehicles for use on golf courses for the game of golf.  When golf cars are used off the golf course, they are classified as Personal Transport Vehicles (PTVs).

A PTV is a vehicle with a maximum speed of less than 20 mph that is for personal use. They may be powered by gasoline or electricity and driven on public roads as defined by state and local laws for purposes unrelated to golf. PTVs are not classified as motor vehicles under federal law and are not regulated by the NHTSA but by state and local governments.

The LSV is classified as a motor vehicle and regulated by the NHTSA. These vehicles travel at speeds between 20 -25 mph. They are allowed on streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less in most states. But they must have vehicle identification numbers, be registered and insured, and be equipped with windshields,  turn signals, head and tail lights, seat belts and other safety equipment.

Here’s the rub. Original manufacturers of golf cars keep the maximum speed below 15 mph. Yet owners sometimes have their vehicles modified to increase the speed. According to Fred Somers, secretary, treasurer and legal counsel for the International Light Transportation Vehicle Association (ILTVA), an organization that regulates and promotes the safety of golf cars and other small four-wheel vehicles, this can have ramifications that many owners are unaware of.

“If a golf car is modified to go 20–25 mph, it becomes by definition an LSV and is subject to the NHTSA requirements. In effect, many people are driving LSVs when they think they are driving golf cars,” he says.

Here are the major differences between PTVs and LSVs:

  • Where they are allowed. State and local governments may decide the type of roadways on which Personal Transportation Vehicles and Low-Speed Vehicles are allowed, what safety equipment is required, who can drive and many other factors. Generally, LSVs can hit streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less in almost all states. PTVs are usually limited to golf car lanes or designated low-speed roads within one mile of a golf course, but this varies by locale.
  • Number of passengers. LSVs come in two- and four-passenger models. Most PTVs carry two.
  • Speed. LSVs can travel at a maximum of 25 mph; PTVs, 19.
  • Weight. LSVs can weigh up to 3,000 pounds. (The Villager LSV weighs about half that, thanks to its rustproof aluminum chassis.) PTVs can tip the scales at 1,300 pounds.
  • DMV regulations. LSVs are subject to state Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) rules. They must be titled, licensed and insured, and can be driven only by licensed drivers. PTVs may not have to meet DMV requirements. “It’s very important to understand your state and local regulations,” says Sicard. “The laws vary by jurisdiction.”
  • Safety standards. LSVs meet federal safety guidelines. PTVs do not. “The Villager LSV comes equipped with auto glass, four-wheel brakes, three-point safety belts, turn signals, brake lights, a horn, halogen head lamps, adjustable mirrors, windshield wipers and other features golf cars and PTVs are not required to have,” Sicard says.

Slash Your Transportation Costs
LSVs also let you avoid sticker shock at the pump and on insurance and maintenance.

In the United States, LSVs cost about half as much to operate as gas-powered vehicles.

“Villager LSVs can be charged through a standard 110-volt outlet, so you won’t have to pay $300 - $1,500 to install a 220-volt outlet as you would to juice an electric car. And you’ll get up to 30 miles from a six-hour charge,” Sicard says.

Take the Path Less Traveled
Obviously, you can’t drive an LSV down I-95 or on a cross-country road trip, but you can use it for hundreds of short trips each year. And, with more than 75 percent of all American vehicle trips coming in at 10 miles or less, these jaunts adds up quickly.

Since LSVs are so compact, nimble and easy to park, they’re great for retirement and gated communities, motor home owners, second homes, beach front living, college campuses, military bases, industrial plants, small towns, urban environments with congested driving and parking conditions and many other areas.

Distinctively Yours
You can also customize your LSV to your lifestyle, climate and application.

The Villager LSV, for example, accommodates a range of options designed specifically for the vehicle. These include a whisper-quiet cooling system, stereos and MP3 players, sporty upholstery, a 12-volt accessory outlet, luxury dashes, a single point battery watering system for easy maintenance, and a cargo bed for hauling groceries, golf clubs and gym gear.

If you’re ready to transcend the ordinary, stop by your local Authorized Club Car dealer and test drive a Villager LSV today. To find a dealer near you, visit www.clubcar.com and select “dealer locator.”

Photos

Club Car Villager 2 LSV on the beach: http://bit.ly/Sg0zn8

Club Car Villager 2 LSV on fishing pier: http://bit.ly/SK4fJy

Club Car Villager 2+2 LSV: http://bit.ly/Pz2Sx4

Studio shot of Club Car Villager 2+2 LSV: http://bit.ly/Ps4NpG

About Club Car

Club Car, one of the most respected names in the golf industry, is the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles. The company’s Precedent® golf cars and Carryall® Turf utility vehicles are integral to successful operations at thousands of courses around the world. The company also offers a complete line of new and used golf cars, XRT utility vehicles and street-legal, low-speed vehicles (LSVs) for personal use, all backed by Club Car’s 50+ year legacy of superior design, manufacture and service.

Club Car is part of the Industrial Technology Sector of Ingersoll Rand, and is based in Augusta, Ga. Visit www.clubcar.com.

About Ingersoll-Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com.

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Electronic Demanufacturing Facility first public agency in world to be R2 certified PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Vorac   
Monday, 20 August 2012 15:24

WASTE COMMISSION’S ELECTRONIC DEMANUFACTURING FACILITY FIRST PUBLIC ENTITY IN THE WORLD TO BE RESPONSIBLE RECYCLING (R2) CERTIFIED

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Waste Commission of Scott County’s Electronic Demanufacturing Facility has achieved Responsible Recycling (R2) certification. It is the first public agency in the world and the only agency in the state of Iowa to achieve this certification. There are approximately 239 facilities globally that hold R2 certification.

The R2 Standard sets forth requirements relating to environmental, health, safety, and security aspects of electronics recycling. R2 also requires recyclers to assure that more toxic material streams are managed safely and responsibly by downstream vendors-all the way to final disposition. It sets requirements for recyclers and their downstream vendors regarding the safe export of toxic materials to certain countries. All of these practices are verified by an independent auditor.

"We are proud to be the first R2-certified facility in the state of Iowa," said Keith Krambeck, special waste manager for Waste Commission of Scott County (Commission). "Becoming R2-certified was one of the goals of the Commission's Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. While we already had an EHSMS in place, the R2 Standard was much more rigorous and our staff worked extremely hard to meet those requirements. Because of this, we feel we have an outstanding EHSMS that will better protect our employees and better serve the needs of our customers," he said.

The Electronic Demanufacturing Facility provides residents and businesses throughout Iowa and western Illinois an environmentally sound and economically feasible disposal option for electronic waste (e-waste). E-waste is defined as anything with a circuit board and or cathode ray tube (CRT) and includes items such as computer monitors, CPUs, TVs, printers, scanners, radios and VCRs.

The facility is located at 1048 East 59th Street in Davenport and is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no disposal charge for residents of Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois. For businesses and residents outside those counties, the cost for disposal is 20 cents per pound for TVs, monitors and laptops. Console and projection televisions are a flat fee of $15. All other electronic waste is accepted at no charge. Large or unusual items are assessed on a per item basis. Bettendorf and Davenport residents that receive curbside collection can set e-waste out as bulky waste on their recycling day; no call-ins or appointments are required.

For more information about the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility call (563) 823-0119 or visit www.wastecom.com. For more information about R2 certification, visit www.r2solutions.org.

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency established in 1972 to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management services for Scott County. It operates the Scott Area Landfill, Scott Area Recycling Center, Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, two Household Hazardous Material Facilities, a public education program and a Keep America Beautiful affiliate called iLivehere Quad Cities.

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The best of 3 billion Firefox Add-on downloads PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mozilla Firefox   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:32

Three. Billion.
That's how many Firefox Add-ons you and users like you have now downloaded — to find the best deals, check the weather, boost your productivity or get ready for back-to-school (and, of course, so much more). Thanks for letting us know just how much you love add-ons.

 
New Smartphone App Allows Patients and First Responders to Send Critical Health Information to ER's PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Ponzillo   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:29

Mishawaka, Ind. (August 15, 2012)—Now, during emergency situations, residents and First Responders of Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan will be able to send critical pre-arrival health information to local Emergency Rooms thanks to ICE Michiana—a free smartphone app with a unique “PUSH” functionality that was developed locally and launched this morning.

Through ICE Michiana, First Responder personnel will have the ability to obtain life-saving medical information in the field during emergency situations. Then, with a push of a button, they can send this information directly to participating Emergency Rooms. Or, for individuals who do not need First Responder assistance, the “PUSH” function also allows smartphone users to send their own information directly to participating Emergency Rooms prior to arrival. In both circumstances, this “PUSH” technology allows for hospital teams to prepare on the ground as needed—saving valuable time.

“The idea started with an internal discussion focused on how the local First Responder network and Emergency Room community could obtain and share critical field and pre-arrival information to begin specialized treatment sooner,” said Albert L. Gutierrez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. “Then, a select group of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center ER physicians and clinical leaders, EMS representatives, and a local digital development company focused their efforts on leveraging technology to connect patients, First Responders and Emergency Rooms together.”

ICE Michiana was developed through a grant received from The Foundation of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. At its cornerstone is a new smartphone app with a unique “PUSH” functionality that sends critical patient pre-arrival information directly to Emergency Rooms over a secure connection. This “PUSH” technology sets the ICE Michiana app apart from other ICE apps available in the marketplace, and provides critical information when time matters most.

For households without smartphones, the ICE Michiana initiative provides a paper alternative via a kit format. These kits will be available at more than 60 distribution points across Michiana, including fire stations and SJRMC clinical facilities and outreach service locations. First Responders will be able to utilize important medical information and directives included in the ICE Michiana kits as a component of care, and will bring the included information to the Emergency Room during transport.

“Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center continues to deliver on its promise to do what needs to be done to care for the community,” said Gutierrez. “The newly developed ICE Michiana app and kit are evidence of this promise. Today Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center is giving this program to First Responders, and is inviting all hospitals in the region to join us on our journey as we work together as a community to transform the delivery of care across Michiana.

All residents of the greater Michiana community are encouraged to visit www.theICEapp.com to download a free copy of the ICE Michiana app (via Apple or Android formats). For questions on either program, or for a comprehensive list of distribution locations for the ICE Michiana kit, please call 1-800-914-9488 or visit www.theICEapp.com.


About Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is a not-for-profit, multi-hospital healthcare system located in North Central Indiana, offering a full range of services. SJRMC includes: a 254-bed acute care hospital at our Mishawaka Campus; a 58-bed acute care hospital at our Plymouth Campus; a 40-bed Rehabilitation Institute; Outpatient services of the Elm Road Medical Campus; and the Saint Joseph Physician Network that includes 20 practices with over 40 physicians. All inpatient rooms at all SJRMC facilities are private.

 
UI Professor to lead talk about Iowa's space program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:27

Figge To Offer Talk About UI Space Program

 

Davenport, IOWA (August 2012) The Figge Art Museum will present the talk “University of Iowa Space Pioneers: 54 Years of Exploration” at 7pm on Thursday, August 16.  The talk, presented by University of Iowa Professor Don Gurnett, will highlight the University's contributions to the space program and introduce the audience to the University of Iowa objects included in the NASA | ART companion exhibition, University of Iowa Space Pioneers: 54 Years of Exploration.  This talk is offered in conjunction with the current exhibition NASA | ART 50 Years of Exploration and is free with paid admission or museum membership. University of Iowa alumni who present their Alumni Association membership card will also receive free admission to this talk.

The University of Iowa is considered a pioneer of space research and has received international recognition for the development of spaceflight instruments flown on more than 63 successful missions. Professor Gurnett is the James A. Van Allen/Roy J. Carver Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


Prof. Gurnett specializes in the study of space plasma physics and has participated in over 30 spacecraft projects, most notably the Voyager 1 and 2 flights to the outer planets, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Cassini mission to Saturn. He is the author or co-author of over 650 scientific publications and has received numerous awards for his research. Gurnett regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa. In 1998 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration presents an unparalleled selection of works commissioned by the NASA Art Program. Ranging from the illustrative to the abstract, more than 70 diverse artworks highlight the accomplishments, setbacks, and sheer excitement of space exploration over the past five decades.

NASA | ART 50 Years of Exploration was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  The exhibition is sponsored locally by ALCOA, John Deere and Cobham, plc. The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of this public program.

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