When I was a freshman undergrad (we won’t talk about what year that was), I was one of the few kids that didn’t have a car on campus. Parking near our dorms and lecture halls was a nightmare…I once heard a statistic that our University sold 3 parking passes for every one spot on campus.
To help relieve that type of frustrating congestion, Zipcar, the nation’s leading car sharing network, recently expanded its services to an ever-growing collection of colleges and universities.
Since December 2011, Zipcar has launched car sharing at Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Rowan University, Southern Connecticut State University, Valparaiso University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Missouri-Kansas City/Rockhurst University, University of Oregon, University of the Pacific and University of Wisconsin-Madison. This comes on the heels of 36 campuses launched near the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
Studies have shown a single Zipcar can replace up to 15 personally owned vehicles, while also increasing the use of public transit, walking and biking.
Through the “Students with Drive” grant program, Ford and Zipcar are providing $300,000 in grants to be awarded to student organizations at participating campuses. The program is running now through April 2012 and will culminate with one student organization being awarded a grand prize of $5,000 in Zipcar credits, $10,000 for the student organization to put toward its cause and $10,000 to be awarded to the winning school. For more information and to participate in the program, visit the “Students with Drive” tab on Zipcar’s University Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ZipcarU.
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