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Cal Poly Drives Electric Car Use with Fleet of Charging Stations

From left: Dennis Elliot, assistant director of energy, utilities, and sustainability for facility services; Dale Dolan, electrical engineering professor and project manager for the EV charging infrastructure initiative; and Cindy Campbell, associate director of the University Police Department. Elliot and Dolan are also co-directors of the College of Engineering’s new sustainable energy and infrastructure initiative.Cal Poly will install 12 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by the first of next year, funded by a $150,000 grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The initiative is part of a broad vision of sustainability for the campus, improving what is already considered one of the best alternative transportation programs in the state.
Cal Poly’s being a major regional hub, large employer and near two heavily traveled highways was the perfect trifecta, said Dennis Elliot, assistant director of energy, utilities and sustainability for facility services. “We hit all three of the CEC’s goals, which made our submission unique.” The charging stations may also help promote EV usage throughout the state. Cal Poly’s location on the Highway 101 corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco makes it easily accessible for county residents and travelers alike. The campus is also bordered by scenic Highway 1.
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Cal Poly to Host Jim Hayes Journalism Ethics Symposium Oct. 10

The Cal Poly Journalism Department will host the inaugural Jim Hayes Symposium: Advancing Integrity in Journalism and Communication from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, in Chumash Auditorium on campus. The forum will bring together journalists, communications professionals, scholars, students, educators, and the public to address challenges to ethical communication and how to set the example. Karen Miller Pensiero, newsroom standards editor of The Wall Street Journal, will give the keynote address. Pensiero is responsible for upholding and teaching journalism standards and ethics at the paper’s headquarters in New York and its bureaus around the globe. She has focused on standards and ethics since 2004. Prior to that, she held a variety of positions throughout the company, beginning her career as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern in 1984.
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