New program provides cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car
Cleveland – Cleveland State University has launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc., to offer a car sharing program on campus. On average, each shared car removes 15 individually owned cars from the road, while miles traveled are reduced almost 50 percent per driver, according to independent research firm, Frost and Sullivan. The new program is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and lowering CSU's carbon footprint.
The car-sharing program is CSU's most recent effort in sustainability leadership, which includes $60 million in energy savings by 2021,sustainable housing and dining programs, sharing best practices with businesses and a wide range of academic and research programs.
The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty and staff membersages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over. To join the program, visit http://www.zipcar.com/csuohio.
Cleveland State members pay a $35 annual fee, and rates on all Zipcars start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day. Gas, insurance, reserved parking, up to 180 miles of driving per day and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.
"The environmental and economic benefits of car sharing on campus will not only benefit our students and employees, but the community as a whole," said Nathan Engstrom, CSU's campus sustainability coordinator. "The Zipcar program offers a transportation option that makes it easier to navigate our urban environment, while taking advantage of all the city has to offer."
The program will begin with two vehicles, which will be located in front of the Music and Communications building at 21st Street and Euclid. Zipcars are self service and can be easily reserved and accessed 24 hours a day. Zipcar members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, can download the Zipcar mobile applications to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles, as well as honk the horn to locate the vehicle. Reservations also can be made over the phone or by using the Zipcar website.
Zipcar has established partnerships with more than 230 universities, including Butler, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell and the University of Buffalo. For more information about the program at Cleveland State visit http://www.zipcar.com/csuohio.
About Cleveland State University
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, 8 colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with more than 605,000 members and over 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.
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