University of Reading Receives Sustainabilty Program of the Year Award

University of Reading scoops award for fleet car-sharing initiative

The university campus offers Hertz 24/7 vehicles to both staff and students. Drivers can book a car using a smartphone app, online, or on the phone any time during the day or night. The fleet of self-service vehicles are low-emission, reduce traffic congestion, and relieve some of the pressure and competition for on-campus parking.

RFID technology means keyless entry for drivers not just on campus, but any Hertz 24/7 location globally.  Over the last 3 years, staff and students have driven over 38,000 miles and saved almost 10,000 pounds of CO2. Additionally, University of Reading has analyzed booking patterns to ensure the fleet has neither too many nor too few cars, further reducing CO2 emissions and cost.

Sustainable travel coordinator at the University of Reading, Dr. Karen Stanbridge, said: “‘It is very exciting to win this award. Our Hertz 24/7 on-campus car club allows staff and students to travel to the University by alternative means of transport and access a Hertz 24/7 vehicle to attend meetings in locations that may not be easily accessed by public transport. The Hertz 24/7 car club is just one of many travel initiatives introduced in recent years in our university to reduce its carbon footprint. Given so, it is very gratifying to be rewarded for these achievements.”

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