did you know...

...Zipcars are available on campus.

Upstate's Zipcar program is one year old


Upstate members can join with a one-time application fee of $25, then $50 per year. Zipcar vehicles are $8.50 per hour Mon-Thurs and $9.50 per hour Fri-Sun. Daily rates are $69 per day Mon-Thurs and $77 per day Fri-Sun. Gas, insurance, reserved parking spots, up to 180 miles of driving per day and roadside assistance are included. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days. Upstate students, faculty and staff can join at www.zipcar.com/upstate.

The Zipcar program is one year old at Upstate. We have two vehicles based at Geneva Tower that are available to anyone at Upstate who signs up for the program. Zipcars are self-service and can be easily reserved and accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The University guarantees Zipcar a minimum amount of revenue each month with the amount decreasing based on the actual usage. Upstate's goal is to sustain usage such that no guarantee payments are made. We are making great progress: the university paid out about $1100 for December 2012-January 2013. Since that time, we have paid out a total of $732 for the following eight months and only $38 since May. If this usage level can be sustained through the rest of 2013, the University will consider adding two more vehicles on the main campus.

"Having Zipcars on the Upstate campus continues our work on fulfilling our sustainability mission," added Tom Pelis, assistant vice president for facilities and planning. "Providing this alternative to students, faculty and employees will reduce daily commuter traffic and lessen Upstate's carbon footprint."

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.

For information on how you, your department, your team, your class can become involved in Upstate's "Think Green" program, contact Darlene Ford at fordd@upstate.edu or 315 464-7114.

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