PHILADELPHIA — SCA, a global personal hygiene product company, today announced plans to donate $10,000 and Tork® brand wiper products to Philadelphia Academies Inc.''s award-winning West Philly Hybrid X Team, based at the West Philadelphia High School Academy for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering. The donations will help the group of inner-city high school students in their efforts to design, build and sell a super-efficient car for the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize (PIAXP) global competition, reinforcing the company''s commitment to corporate and global sustainability and corporate citizenship.
"As one of the greenest companies in the world, SCA fully supports Philadelphia Academies Inc.''s West Philly Hybrid X Team and their mission to create a more energy efficient automobile," said Scott Robey, SCA Tissue category director, wipers. "We''re proud to support a program that provides local
The West Philly Hybrid X Team is made up of 23 high school students on the fast road to automotive success. Led by instructor Simon Hauger and team manager Ann Cohen, the team has designed, built and raced alternative fuel vehicles for more than 10 years, outperforming university teams and production vehicles on a national platform in the 2002, 2005 and 2006 Northeast Sustainable Energy Association''s Tour de Sol.
In the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition, they''ll take to an international stage for the first time, competing against automakers and innovators to design clean, green vehicles that impact climate change. Vehicle entries must achieve ultra-low carbon emissions and ultra-high fuel economy – 100 miles per gallon (MPG) or its energy equivalent (MPGe). Among more than 41 teams contending from around the world, the West Philly Hybrid X Team is one of only three academic teams entered – along with
SCA''s $10,000 donation will be used by Philadelphia Academies Inc., to fund the West Philly Hybrid X Team''s travel to Detroit — the location of this year''s global competition — as well as purchase materials and supplies necessary to support their building efforts. SCA will also supply Tork brand wiper products that will help the team for various needs—from cleaning general and high tech parts, wiping up spills, maintenance requirements and cleaning and polishing needs.
"We are grateful for SCA''s generosity and product donations," said Ann Cohen, West Philly Hybrid X Team Manager. "We''re confident these resources will bolster the team''s presence and efforts at this year''s Progressive Insurance Automotive X competition and help us produce a winning product."
SCA is a $14.6 billion (U.S.) global consumer goods and paper company that is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and was named the second most environmentally-friendly company in the world in 2007, a member of the World''s Most Ethical Companies by The Ethisphere in 2008 and 2009, and a Top 100 Sustainable Company for five years running by the Corporate Knights. In the
The Tork brand offers a complete range of products and services within hygiene and cleaning for away-from-home washrooms, healthcare, food service and industry. Through customer understanding and particular expertise in hygiene and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader in many segments and a committed partner to businesses in over 90 countries. Tork is a global brand in the SCA portfolio.
About the West Philly Hybrid X Team
Student members of the West Philly Hybrid X Team are enrolled in The Academy for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering at