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Santa Clara University Brings Zipcar to Campus
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 7— Leave your car at home. That's Santa Clara University's message to its faculty, staff, and students as it goes full throttle with Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing program. SCU will be the only location from Stanford University to UC Santa Cruz and joins a growing list of colleges and universities nationwide such as Yale, Duke, and USC who are partnering with Zipcar to help reduce carbon emissions.
Beginning Jan. 14, two self-service, fuel-efficient Zipcars will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars will be located in reserved spaces in the parking lot located in front of Bannan Hall at SCU. Zipcars will be available to all faculty, staff, students ages 18 and up, and the general public ages 21 and up. Gas, insurance, 180 free miles, reserved parking spots at SCU, and roadside assistance are included in the rates.
"The addition of Zipcar at SCU gives students the ability to take off-campus trips where public transportation isn't accessible. The University is also encouraging faculty and staff to carpool more often and use Zipcars to attend any off-site meetings or events," said Lindsey Cromwell, SCU's sustainability coordinator.
Zipcar supports the University's commitment to sustainability by reducing the need for individual cars and the associated congestion and emissions. SCU joined the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007 and has since developed a comprehensive plan to become climate neutral by 2015. It includes changes in the way faculty, staff, and students work and live on campus, as well as outreach to the local community.
Faculty, staff, and students will be able to join Zipcar for $35 and drive for as little as $8 per hour or $66 per day weekdays and $9 per hour or $72 per day on weekends. Students also get $35 in free driving credit as part of a launch promotion. The general public can join at regular Zipcar rates. More information about SCU's Zipcar service is available at www.zipcar.com/scu.
Demonstration for the Media
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Clara University | 500 El Camino Real | Santa Clara, CA 95053
Between Donohoe Alumni House and McLaughlin Hall
Who: Students, staff, and Zipcar representatives
Visuals: Two Zipcars; demonstration of how to rent and access the cars; test
Connie Kim Coutain | SCU | firstname.lastname@example.org | 408-554-5126 office | 408-829-4836 cell
John Williams | Scoville PR for Zipcar | email@example.com | 206-625-0075 office
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with 350,000 members and 6,500 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout 28 North American states and provinces as well as in London, England. As a leader in urban transportation, Zipcar offers more than 30 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 the city. More information is available at www.Zipcar.com.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 8,846 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus masters and law degrees, and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. masters universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, seewww.scu.edu