Gallery: IS IT GREEN?: ZipCar


One of the great perpetrators of the United States’ wastefulness is urban sprawl, which leads to SOV (single occupancy vehicle) disorder. Many Americans drive to work, and we usually don’t carpool. Beyond driving to work, we use our cars for other things – soccer practice, forgotten items at the grocery store, and trips across our giant country. It doesn’t need to be that way. If we could break ourselves of this habit of hyper-convenience, we could have better bike lanes, rail, and bus systems. Or we could share our cars. Zipcar is an innovative car sharing service that prides itself upon its convenience and accessibility. We recently caught up with Zipcar spokesperson Lesley Neadel to ask a few questions about the company’s green cred.

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  1. VIDEO: Inhabitat Test D... December 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    […] I’d buy one if I was in the market for a car! Until then, I’ll cross my fingers that Zipcar and Hertz start adding Volts to their […]

  2. anasg November 14, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I live in Chicago and because there is public transportation we decided not to by a car and use a car sharing program. I looked into Zipcar and I-go and went with I-go because they had more hybrids on there fleet. We absolutely love it and have never wished we had a car. it works really well.

  3. IslandPress November 13, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Speaking of urban sprawl, Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, talks about how the current economic turmoil originiated in part from high capacity roads, peri-urban scatter and large fossil fuel-hungry houses. He offers solutions to the crisis based around new technologies (such as Transit Oriented Development, reduced dependance on oil and fossil fuels) and a shift away from “propping up of the old systems”:

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