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UNH Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing on Campus

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8/28/2012 3:00 PM
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UNH Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing on Campus

New Program Provides Sustainable, Cost-effective Alternative to Car Ownership

Aug. 28, 2012

Zipcars, features A Zipcar in front of Maxcy Hall

New Haven, CONN.  – The University of New Haven today launched a partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus.

The convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.

This year, members of the UNH community can join the service for a $25 annual membership fee, with rates on campus Zipcar vehicles starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. Gas, insurance, reserved parking spots on campus, up to 180 miles of driving per day and roadside assistance are included in Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.

“We are pleased to offer our students the chance to reserve Zipcars, which are convenient, ,affordable and provide students with access to transportation without requiring them to own a car,” Ronald M. Quagliani, UNH associate vice president of public safety and administrative services.

UNH will offer two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Honda Civic, which will be located in the Maxcy parking lot on campus. Zipcars are self-service and can be easily reserved and accessed any day of the week, including weekends.

Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles, and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle.  Members can also use Zipcar’s “Reserve a Zipcar” app on Facebook to view available Zipcars and make, extend or cancel a reservation all from their Facebook account. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.  

“Zipcar will give students who don’t have access to a car the freedom and flexibility to attend job interviews and participate in off-campus activities like internships,” said Michael Serafino, general manager for Zipcar University. “At the same time, students and faculty members alike can be proud that they are reducing their environmental impact and lowering their carbon footprint by using alternative transportation methods like car-sharing.”

With the new Zipcar program available on campus, student organizations at University of New Haven also now have the opportunity to participate in the Students with Drive grant program sponsored by Zipcar and Ford Motor Company, which provides students with free Zipcar memberships and driving credits to support student organizations on campus.

Through the Students with Drive program, Ford and Zipcar will provide $300,000 in grants to be awarded to student organizations nationwide at eligible Zipcar colleges and universities. The program is will run through April 2013 and will culminate with one student organization being awarded a grand prize of $5,000 in Zipcar credits and $10,000 in  cash 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, students can visit the Students with Drive tab on Zipcar’s University Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ZipcarU.

Zipcar has established partnerships with other Connecticut universities including Yale University and Wesleyan University, along with more than 250 universities across the United States. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at the University of New Haven, visit www.zipcar.com/newhaven.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.