August 26, 2008

Come to College – But Leave Your Car at Home


Contact: Maria Martinez,  +1-917-595-3059 , [email protected]

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, the world's largest provider of cars on demand by the hour or day, today announced a joint partnership to provide Zipcars on campus to three Maine schools -- Bowdoin College, Colby College and the University of New England. The partnerships mark Zipcar's entry into Southern Maine, bringing it to more than 50 cities, including operations in London, England, and 27 North American states and provinces.

Beginning today, a total of six self-service Zipcars -- two at each school -- will be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars will be available to all staff and students aged 18+, with gas, maintenance, insurance and reserved parking included in low hourly and daily rates. Zipcar was selected as each institution's car-sharing partner based on its superior technology and operations, membership experience and track record of providing peer universities with a proven, cost effective, and environmentally- friendly transportation solution.

"Zipcar offers a wonderful way for Bowdoin students, faculty and staff to take cars off the road and reduce our carbon footprint," says Bowdoin College Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster. "Beginning with the Class of 2013, first-year students will no longer be able to have cars on campus and Zipcar will provide an inexpensive and convenient alternative for them and for our upper-class students, faculty and staff. Thanks to Zipcar, over time I expect we'll see fewer students with cars and more one car families."

"This is just one more in a long list of initiatives that Colby has undertaken to reduce our carbon footprint," said Colby Vice President for Administration and Treasurer Douglas C. Terp. "The Zipcars allow students with cars to leave them at home if they want, and it adds a transportation option for those who don't have cars. It's an all-around good idea."

"The partnership with Zipcar will help us further our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and create a culture that supports sound, creative transportation alternatives for our students, faculty and staff," said Barbara Hazard, Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of New England. "We are delighted that this convenient, economical and environmentally friendly option is now available on campus to the university community and area residents."

For college students who cannot or do not want to bring a privately-owned car to school, Zipcar provides the freedom to travel off campus to attend interviews, run errands, or take a weekend trip. Zipcar also eliminates hundreds of dollars in monthly transportation costs, saving members an average of $600/month or $7,200/year when compared with car ownership -- money that can be put toward other more relevant expenses such as tuition and housing. Faculty, staff, and students will be able to join Zipcar for $35 and will gain access to Zipcars for $7 per hour and $60-$70 per day. Local resident ages 21 and up can also join for $75 ($25 one-time application fee and $50 annual fee). All members 21 and older will have access to Zipcar's network of more than 5,500 vehicles throughout the UK and North America. Among the dozens of schools that have partnered with Zipcar to reduce traffic, noise and parking demands are MIT, Columbia, Georgetown, American University, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, University of North Carolina and The University of Chicago.

Those interested in learning more about Zipcar at Bowdoin, Colby or UNE can visit,, respectively, for more information about membership and hourly rates.

About Zipcar

Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with 225,000 members and 5,500 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout 27 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. For more information, visit

About Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine, about 25 miles north of Portland. One of the oldest colleges in the nation, it received its charter in 1794. Bowdoin enrolls approximately 1,710 students from across the country and around the world.

Notable alumni include 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce (class of 1824), writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (both 1825), African-American newspaper editor John Brown Russwurm (1826), Civil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1852), Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary (1877), former Senate Majority Leader and architect of the Ireland peace accord George J. Mitchell (1954), former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen (1962), and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson (1979).

About Colby College

Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby combines world-class academic programs with an active campus life, student leadership and volunteer options and rich opportunities after graduation. Students work closely with professors exploring new ideas, stretching to expand their knowledge and perceptions of the world. Colby is international-in its outlook, its student body and faculty, its curriculum, its study-abroad opportunities, and the impact of its graduates. Colby's Maine location offers natural beauty, a spirit of independence, a rich tradition of creative endeavor, and unique access to government, nonprofit, and business institutions. The college enrolls 1,850 students.

About University of New England

The University of New England (UNE) is an independent university with two distinctive campuses on the coast of southern Maine -- University Campus in Biddeford and Westbrook College Campus in Portland. The University's mission is to provide a highly integrated learning experience that promotes excellence through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in education, research and service. UNE has four schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health Professions, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the newly established College of Pharmacy. University of New England is a leading educator of healthcare professionals and an innovator in biomedical and healthcare research. With internationally recognized scholars in the humanities and marine sciences, UNE is building an outstanding faculty and provides a balance between students and faculty that ensures close collaboration and strong interactions.

UNE's student-centered, interdisciplinary programs promote experiential learning, critical thinking, and lifelong service to community. Website:


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