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Pedaling Their Way to a Sustainable Campus -- With ‘Blender’ Bike that Makes Smoothies

Environmental advocates at LIU Post will roll out a 'blender bike' on Tuesday, April 9 to help raise awareness on campus about sustainability.


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

LIU_Post_blender_bike3Brookville, N.Y. - William Achnitz, LIU Post’s graduate assistant for sustainability, and other volunteers will pedal the converted bicycle during common hour, 12:30 p.m., in Hillwood Commons near Starbucks. “The blender affixes to the back fender of the bicycle. Instead of using electricity, all you need is human power to pedal the wheel and stir the blender to make smoothies and milkshakes,” said Achnitz, a student in the M.S. in Environmental Sustainability program.  “We hope this will bring awareness to people about energy conservation.”  

Shawn Carvajal, director of the campus dining services division, purchased the 'Fender Blender' kit from Rock The Bike. The kit has a universal rear rack which makes it possible to take the bike blender on and off a bicycle in under a minute without tools.

"Shawn Carvajal, director of dining services, and Rob Bennett, an admissions counselor, helped me put this initiative together," Achnitz said. "And the bike was donated by Alerie Tirsch, director of Student Life and Leadership Development. So we essentially recycled a bike as well."

The blender bike will make a second appearance at the 3rd Annual Sustainability Luncheon in the Pioneer Room of Hillwood Commons at 12:30 p.m. on April 11.

“In the future, we hope that this bike will more than pay for itself and that the money generated from its operation will be put to good use in advancing sustainability at LIU Post,” Achnitz said.


Posted 04/08/2013

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