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HWS Zipcar Service on WHEC-TV

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The car-sharing service launched this semester was featured on WHEC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rochester.

Caroline Spruill '12, one of the advocates of the program who helped bring it to HWS, was quoted, "We introduced it in student government and then had a lot of opportunity for student feedback and made sure everyone knew what it would mean for us and our campus."

Colleges' Sustainability Coordinator Jamie Landi was also interviewed for the story: "We aim to hit a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. You now have the flexibility if you don't have a car to be able to get around town but you don't necessarily need your own personal vehicle here all the time.

The full transcript of the story, including other efforts HWS are making to achieve zero emissions by 2025, follows. The video segment can be viewed here.

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Zipcars on campus at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Ted Fioraliso • September 22, 2011


Students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges now have a new way to get around town. But it's not just for convenience -- it's also about helping the environment.

The colleges are now home to Zipcar -- a car-sharing service. Zipcar launched at Hobart and William Smith at the end of August -- just as students were starting up a new semester.

There are two cars on campus -- one is a hybrid -- the other is a fuel-efficient compact sedan.

Caroline Spruill is a senior at William Smith College. She pushed to bring Zipcar to campus. "We introduced it in student government and then had a lot of opportunity for student feedback and made sure everyone knew what it would mean for us and our campus."

Zipcar isn't just about allowing students to take a joyride around town -- there's a serious side to it.

"We aim to hit a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025." Jamie Landi is Hobart and William Smith's sustainability coordinator. It's his job to help the campus physically reduce its impact on the environment and develop a sustainable culture that students and faculty can follow. "You now have the flexibility if you don't have a car to be able to get around town but you don't necessarily need your own personal vehicle here all the time." Landi believes that will help reduce the colleges' carbon footprint but it's not the only thing they're doing.

Since President Mark Gearan signed the "American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment" in 2007, the colleges have swapped out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent ones, they've made their own biodiesel for the building and grounds fleet and they even offer bicycle rentals.

But it doesn't end there. Hobart and William Smith wants to be LEED certified with all its new building construction. That includes a new performing arts center that's still just in the planning stages.

In the photo above Jamie Landi, Caroline Spruill and Kaylyn O'Brien stand with the ZipCar in front of the Scandling Campus Center.

 


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