What is Sustain Champlain?

Sustain Champlain is a campus-wide initiative strives to infuse sustainability concepts and practices across Champlain College by coordinating and promoting best practices within four areas: our institution, academics, operations, and culture.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Champlain partners with CarShare Vermont

Champlain College’s new partnership with CarShare Vermont makes a great story.

Starting as early as December 8th, two Subaru Imprezas will be parked at Champlain College for you to use when ever you want to. Or you could choose to drive a Toyota Prius from a Downtown parking location. CarShare Vermont is a Non-profit, grant subsidized organization so rates will be kept low: $4.95 an hour and $0.25 a mile with a $15.00 monthly fee. CarShare will pay for the gas and insurance and up keep and everything else, so this is cheaper than owning your own car. And multiple drivers could be on one account which would reduce costs even more.

More topical to Sustain Champlain, and the reason I’m really excited about this, is studies show that each CarShare vehicle put on the road in other cities has replaced 7 to 20 privately owned vehicles. As well as being convenient for us, it all works out as a benefit for the environment.

Between free CCTA bus passes, emergency taxi rides, and a brand new CarShare program, we are really chipping away at they reasons why people need to drive a car to campus. And that’s the idea.

Commute smart!

Gabriel Calvi

Sustainability Coordinator

Champlain College

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