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Car-Sharing Comes to the Claremont Colleges

Car-sharing has come to the Claremont Colleges. Operated by Flexcar, the planet-friendly program will bring three Honda Civic hybrid cars (50 mpg) and one low-emission Honda Odyssey van to the Colleges where they can be rented by qualified students, faculty and staff for both business and personal use.

Pomona College is subsidizing the program for all of the campuses, so that students, faculty and staff can rent one of the vehicles for $7 per hour or $48 per day, including gas, insurance, maintenance, 150 miles per trip, and 24/7 emergency service. Reservations can be made online up to 364 days in advance.

“We want our students to be more engaged with the local communities, and public transportation is not enough. Flexcar will allow our students to take full advantage of internships, volunteer activities, the On the Loose program and other wonderful experiences that enhance student learning off-campus,” explained Pomona College Dean of Students Miriam Feldblum.

To help students participate in a wider range of internships and community service projects, Pomona College will cover car rental costs for Pomona students using a Flexcar vehicle to travel between campus and internships or community service projects arranged through the College. The Flexcar program will also support faculty and staff use of public transportation.

The cars are available for students 18-years-old and older, faculty and staff of The Claremont Colleges. The Flexcar application fee of $35 is being waived until January 7, 2008. The cars are parked in the Claremont University Consortium parking lot near the Tranquada Student Services Building on the corner of 8th St. and Dartmouth Ave. For further information visit www.Flexcar.com/oncampus.

Pomona College students, faculty and staff and Claremont University Consortium staff who join through a department or program will receive a free personal membership. Personal memberships are available for people associated with Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute while Flexcar works with those campuses to finalize business relationships.

Flexcar programs are available on more than 30 college campuses across the country, with the addition of The Claremont Colleges, as well as cities throughout the U.S. Founded in 1999, Flexcar has received a number of awards. Among the more recent are the 2007 Top “Eco-marketer” award presented by Advertising Age Magazine for its “outstanding job of integrating environmental sustainability into its brand DNA,” and the 2005 Top Brand With A Conscience awards, as one of eight top “global brands that merge profits with humanity and ethics,” presented by The Medinge Group, an international think tank.

The original proposal to bring a car-sharing program to Pomona College came from current Pomona students Jennifer Wilcox ‘08, Jacob Ziemann ‘08, Drew Olian ‘08, Daniel Scinto ‘09, and Jed Cullen ’10; and Claremont McKenna College student Priya Wad‘09. They are all members of the Claremont Consulting Group, which provides consulting services to a variety of organizations and industries.