BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Today the University at Buffalo (UB) launched a
new partnership with Zipcar Inc., providing the campus with access
to the world's leading car-sharing service. The cost-effective and
convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week to all students, faculty and staff members, ages
18 and older. Zipcar is an environmentally friendly alternative
that supports UB's Climate Action Plan and its efforts to improve
campus sustainability. Every Zipcar takes 15 to 20 privately owned
vehicles off the road.
Zipcar makes freedom, cost savings and helping the environment
extremely easy for UB. Gas, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved
parking spots and roadside assistance are included in the hourly
and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an
hour or for up to four days. Rates on all UB vehicles start as low
as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours).
The annual membership fee for anyone affiliated with UB is only
$35 and UB applicants receive $35 worth of free driving credit that
applies towards their first month of driving. UB students, faculty
and staff can join at http://www.zipcar.com/ub.
"After a very thorough analysis, we are excited to include a
car-sharing service in our alternative transportation program, UB
Carfree, that meets all the needs of our campus community," said
Maria Wallace, director of Parking and Transportation Services at
the University at Buffalo. "In addition, Zipcar supports UB's
commitment to reducing or offsetting our greenhouse gas emissions.
This new offering will help us ease congestion and ultimately
reduce the university's carbon footprint."
Cars are self service; they can be easily reserved and accessed
24 hours a day. UB Zipcars will be located in convenient spaces in
high demand areas. Three vehicles will be located on the North
Campus: one at the UB Student Union and two in the Fargo Lot. In
addition, one vehicle will be located at the South Campus' Goodyear
Hall. Zipcar even offers a fun and functional iPhone app that will
honk the horn to locate a Zipcar and unlock the doors for
"Our proven, car sharing service and technology has been a
perfect match for many universities across North American and the
UK looking to provide a cost effective and convenient alternative
to bringing a car to campus," said Matthew Malloy, vice president
of global university operations at Zipcar. "The service provides a
new level of freedom for students, faculty and staff and relieves
the financial burden parents face when sending their kids to
college with a car that sits idle most of the time. Members can use
Zipcars to run errands, attend meetings or get away for the weekend
but on a pay-as-you-go basis. You no longer need to own to be
Environmental stewardship is a primary focus of "Building UB,"
the university's master physical plan for its three campuses. UB's
relationship with Zipcar underscores the university's commitment to
green initiatives and campus sustainability, a primary
institutional priority that was formalized when UB President John
B. Simpson in 2007 signed the American College and University
Presidents Climate Commitment. The commitment pledges the
university to achieving "climate-neutrality" by reducing or
offsetting all of its greenhouse gas emissions.
Zipcar has established partnerships with more than 200
universities, including Syracuse University, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY
Oswego, SUNY Purchase and the University of Rochester. Zipcar
utilizes a network of local vendors to service and clean its
For more information, including how to enroll in Zipcar at the
University at Buffalo, please visit: http://www.zipcar.com/ub.
Zipcar operates in urban areas and college campuses throughout
the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers
more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour
or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to
the high costs and hassles of owning a car.
About the University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.