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UNCP ramps up sustainability programs with car charging stations and Zipcars

August 5, 2014

In support of UNC Pembroke’s ongoing sustainability programs, the university is preparing to install two electric car charging stations in front of Lumbee Hall.

zipcar logoUNCP is the first university in North Carolina to sign the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge. The plug-in vehicle charging stations will come online during the Fall 2014 semester and will be free. A two-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system is being installed to offset energy consumption. It is the first of a series of moves to position the university to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Earlier this summer, two parking spaces next to the Health Sciences Building were reserved for qualifying low-emission, fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles. All it takes is a free decal that may be picked up at the Campus Police office. The Health Sciences Building is UNCP’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver building, certification pending.

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A Zipcar representative was on hand to explain the program students on Earth Day.


On August 19, students, faculty, staff and local residents may jump into a Zipcar. Two Zipcars (Ford Fusion and Toyota Prius Hybrid) will be parked in the lot in front of Lumbee Hall. The cost typically runs $7-8 per hour.

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Bicycle rental and shuttle van programs are also available. Bike use on campus has soared as the university has grown. The shuttle will help freshmen and other students without cars to get needed food and supplies.

The announcements were made by UNCP’s sustainability director Jay Blauser. “As the demand on campus increases for more stations and more Zipcars, plans are to install more to meet the need,” he said. “This is another step toward our university-wide goal of becoming a carbon-neutral campus.”

For more information about the Challenge, see DOE's Workplace Charging Challenge website.

For questions about these programs, please contact the UNCP Sustainability Office at 910.521.6509 or www.uncp.edu/sustainability.