QUEENS COLLEGE PARTNERS WITH ZIPCAR
TO BRING CAR SHARING TO CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY
--Reflects the College’s Latest Effort Towards a More Sustainable Campus--
FLUSHING, NY, May 14, 2008— As part of its continuing effort to “go green,” the college is delighted to announce a partnership with Zipcar to bring their brand of cars-on-demand to the campus. Zipcars are now available to the campus and the broader community as an environmentally friendly alternative to owning an automobile. The partnership furthers Queens College’s sustainability initiatives and marks Zipcar’s entry onto the campus. While other branches of CUNY have affiliate programs that offer discount memberships to students, Queens College is the first to bring Zipcar vehicles on site.
Zipcar members can now rent two Zipcars—a Toyota Hybrid Prius and a Volkswagen Jetta—24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars, which can be reserved using a state-of-the-art online reservation system and accessed by simply holding a membership card up to the windshield, will be located just inside the main Kissena Boulevard entrance to the campus. Gas and insurance are included in low rates starting at $10.50 per hour or $73 per day. Individual Zipcar membership is $50 a year, with a one-time application fee of $25. Members have access to the company’s network of more than 5,000 vehicles throughout North America and in the United Kingdom, and 1,300 cars in New York alone. For more information, visit www.zipcar.com .
Queens College chose Zipcar for its superior technology and operations, membership experience, and track record of providing universities with a proven transportation solution that is cost effective and environmentally-friendly. The company has operations in more than 26 N.A. states and provinces.
“We’re delighted to offer the Queens College community and our neighbors the Zipcar option,” says Katharine Cobb, Vice President for Finance and Administration. “We hope many will take advantage of this environmentally preferred alternative to full-time car use.”
Queens College, a senior college in the City University of New York, is committed to “going green.” Its sustainability efforts include recycling of paper, cardboard, metal, and beverage bottles and cans; reduced electricity consumption through participation in Con Edison’s Peak Load Management Program; use of organic fertilizers and herbicides throughout campus; and reliance on a dozen electric cars for in-house purposes. The school’s faculty is engaged in research to understand processes in the environment and recognize the impact people have on it. Since September 2007, the college has recycled 100,000 lbs. of metal; since February 2008, it has withheld 31.33 tons of paper and cardboard from the waste stream.
The Zipcar program fits into the college’s “green” initiative perfectly, because each car-sharing vehicle is estimated to remove 20 private automobiles from the road. In fact, with its robust public transportation system, New York City is poised to take full advantage of car-sharing to reduce traffic congestion as well as car ownership. Seventy-five percent of New York City residents rely on public transit as their primary source of transportation. Currently, there are 1.6 million vehicles in New York City, and 526,000 of them are used only on an occasional basis. A car-sharing fleet of 5,000 vehicles would decrease ownership figures by up to 100,000.
Furthermore, members of Zipcar and other car-sharing programs report a 14% increase in public transit trips, a 10% increase in bicycling trips and a 26% increase in walking trips. Car-sharing members are more likely to utilize all methods of transportation. Because each trip in a car-sharing vehicle has a direct cost, members of a car-sharing pool get behind the wheel only when they need to, and tend to walk or bike more often. The result is a drop in both traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions.
For students who cannot or do not want to drive to school, Zipcar provides the freedom to travel off campus for errands, interviews, and other appointments. Zipcar also eliminates hundreds of dollars in monthly car ownership expenses, saving users an average of $436 a month or $5,232 a year—money that can be put toward more relevant expenses, such as tuition.
Dozens of colleges have partnered with Zipcar to reduce traffic, noise and parking demands. MIT, Columbia, Georgetown, Rutgers, American University, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, University of North Carolina and The University of Chicago are among these institutions.
Zipcar is the world's top car-sharing service, with more than 200,000 members. The company has 5,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout 26 North American states and provinces, as well as in London, England. A leader in urban transportation, Zipcar offers more than 25 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to savvy city residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. In November 2007, Zipcar announced a merger with Washington, D.C.-based Flexcar, immediately expanding operations to more than 50 cities. Future growth will bring the firm into new markets across the United States, Canada, and Europe.