November 17 2011

Zipcar: Promoting Sustainability for the Future with Car-Sharing?

One concern for contemporary city life may be how to implement and incorporate sustainability. Every day, each person who chooses to walk, or travel by bus or subway contributes to a cleaner and more sustainable environment. Chemically, it means fewer pounds of soot, carbon monoxide exhausted from automobiles, hydrocarbons naturally found in petroleum, and other toxic substances that are released into the city’s air on a daily basis.

Sustainable urban planning provides major cities, such as New York, with smaller streets that allow residents to travel from one destination to the other without relying on a car. This results in alternative means of travel, such as using the subway to get to work or simply walking to the grocery store. On the contrary, other cities like Los Angeles require residents to depend on automobiles every day. Pointing fingers as to who is primarily at fault of such unsustainable decisions will not make the city any greener. So the next best solution when faced with such a predicament is to make do with what the city already has.

Zipcar LogoAnd for the City of Los Angeles, one sustainable solution may be to use Zipcar, a car-sharing company originating from Cambridge, Massachusetts, that “envisions a future where car-sharing members outnumber car owners in major cities around the globe.

With hourly and daily rates averaging from $8 per hour to $66 per day, Zipcar would be beneficial for residents and the environment for the following reasons:

  • It saves the user money on gas andyearly insurance;
  • With the paid time limit, the desire to complete errands for the day would be heightened resulting in more productivity with gas and time management;
  • It lowers the number of cars on the road, essentially reducing the amount of automobile emission.

With special prices for families, faculty, and students, Zipcar is great for those who wish to be green while enjoying group excursions. Also, splitting the cost among others would only save more money. Car-sharing introduces one solution for sustainability by redefining the way people think about transportation, but what other options do we have?

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Benjamin Ha

Benjamin Ha recently graduated as an Honors Scholar from New York University with a Bachelor’s in English and American Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. Prior to Global Site Plans, Ben’s experiences revolved primarily around issues of public health. After realizing that the environment plays a critical role in the effects of public health, his interests gravitated toward understanding the interaction between the social and natural environment. In the near future, he hopes to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Science after obtaining a Global Sustainability Certification at UCLA. Ben is originally from the Bay Area in California, and now resides in Los Angeles.

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