The mission of the Sustainability Workshop is to unleash the creative and intellectual potential of young people to solve the world’s toughest problems. Real-world problems are at the center of the curriculum at this project-based school. Students, define, explore, and ultimately design solutions to these problems. Student projects address fuel efficiency in cars, the production of food in cities, how to influence homeowners to switch from incandescent to LED lighting, and how to build energy efficient housing for people recovering from natural disasters.
The EVX Team was founded by Simon Hauger at West Philadelphia High 15 years ago to engage inner city students in math and science. The Team has built award-winning electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles that have competed at the national and international level, winning the Tour de Sol three times and reaching the semi-finals of the $10 million Automotive X PRIZE. The Team moved to the Sustainability Workshop, located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 2011 where students continue to build and learn about super-efficient cars.
This website had been redesigned to feature the work of the EVX Team and the other project work of the students at the Sustainability Workshop. Please explore our work.