Sarah Waddle (left), Scott Thomas, Ian Smith and Tom Kearns receive operating instructions from Enterprise representatives Beth Dougherty and Tim Mowry.

Earlham Offers Sustainable CarShare

August 15, 2013

When Earlham students return to campus beginning on Friday, they have the opportunity to take part in a more sustainable transportation method with lower costs and fewer hassles.

Earlham is one of more than 70 colleges and universities to team with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to provide a member-based car-share program to students, faculty and staff through Enterprise CarShare.

 “Everyone is thrilled to bring this type of transportation option to campus,” says Sarah Waddle, Sustainability Coordinator. “Enterprise CarShare provides students and college employees greater transportation options and freedom. It will encourage us all to share resources and to use resources like cars efficiently.”

Members reserve a vehicle online, then access the vehicle using a membership card and return it to the same location. Fuel, basic physical damage to the vehicle and state-required liability protection are included in the standard rate plan.

Vehicles may be reserved by the hour or by the day, hourly rates are $7.50 on weekdays and $8 on weekends, daily rates are $55/day any day of the week. The fee includes gas and insurance and up to 200 miles per trip. Members have a card that they wave over the card reader on the dashboard to unlock the car during their reservation, keys and gas card are in the car for convenience. There are two cars at Earlham initially, one in the Carpenter lot and one in the Wellness Center lot. Students must be 18 to join, and both international and domestic driver’s licenses are accepted.

Beginning on Friday, students, faculty and staff may sign up online at www.enterprisecarshare.com/earlham to become members, and Enterprise representatives will be on campus during New Student Orientation and the first three Wednesdays of school during lunch to enroll students in the program.

 “We think this program will encourage students to leave their own car at home and join Enterprise CarShare for those occasional times they need four-wheeled transportation, and for students who’ve never had access to a car we think the program will encourage students to explore Indiana and nearby Ohio with the mobility a shared car can bring,” Waddle says. “Faculty and staff are excited for the online reservation system that will let them see exactly when cars are available and to be able to reserve them for both business and personal trips at really reasonable prices.”

“We are very hopeful that the program will be well utilized by students and college employees alike.”

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