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How CarSharing Works

CarSharing is a more convenient type of car rental that can be used as little as 15 minutes, to a few hours, or for multiple days. Users can reserve vehicles any time through the reservation system and access them on their own with their membership card. The vehicles are picked up and returned to the same location, and users only pay for the time and distance they used the vehicle.

Benefits of CarSharing for Businesses

  • Cuts costs on the purchase and maintenance of vehicles. Gas, insurance, and maintenance are all included.
  • Advanced scheduling software allows fewer vehicles to serve a larger number of employees.
  • No upfront costs: converts vehicle ownership from a fixed cost to a variable cost.
  • Automatic employee mileage tracking and reporting.
  • Low administrative overhead; simplified mileage reimbursement process.
  • Encourages employees to take sustainable commute transportation options by offering a vehicle to use when needed during the workday.
  • Discounts may be available for usage during business hours.


CarShares in Boulder County

eGo CarShare started in 2001 as Colorado’s first nonprofit carshare organization, as well as one of the first in the nation. Their mission is to empower people to live a car-lite lifestyle and have a positive impact on the environment, their community, their health. They provide access to a network of 50+ energy-efficient vehicles throughout Boulder and Denver, providing members with improved mobility, cost savings, and environmental benefits.
As a local nonprofit carshare organization, we eGo Carshare is specifically focused on supporting the local community. In addition to more mainstream markets, they also serve underserved areas, and therefore the entire community. In doing so, they have cars throughout the city, providing needed transportation where people both live AND work. This means Boulder County residents and employees have a real, viable alternative to car ownership or can feasibly downsize the number of households cars. The better performing locations (e.g. downtown cars) enable them to place cars in other areas, such as low-income neighborhoods. Having a network of locations which serve the entire Boulder County community translates into more impactful and equitable mobility options for everyone.
They actively work to keep their margins, and therefore their rates, as low as possible so that they are affordable for businesses, students, residents, and employees of all income levels. Additionally, as a local non-profit, money stays and is reinvested in the local community through other mission-driven activity, such as education and outreach, local employment, and internships for local university students and others in the community.
Zipcar gives members on-demand access to a variety of cars in cities, campuses, and airports, by the hour or day. Zipcar helps consumers, businesses, and governments save money and hassle while helping to make cities better places to live through smart and efficient transportation. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services.
  • Zipcar provides over 950,000 members on-demand access to more than 12,000 vehicles in urban areas on college campuses and at airports across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, France, Germany, and Turkey.
  • Zipcar operates in over 30 major metro markets, at over 500 college campuses, and at over 50 airports.
  • Zipcar fills a vital need for many types of people, including those who rely on public transportation, who seek the convenience and flexibility that the bus and train can’t always provide, as well as car lovers who seek the freedom and joy of driving but want to avoid the cost and hassle of owning a car in the city.
  • Zipcar offers members a fleet of vehicles with over 50 different makes and models, including hybrids, SUVs, pickup trucks, luxury vehicles, minivans, and cargo vans.
  • The Zipcar mobile app for iPhone and Android makes finding and reserving Zipcars easy and quick. You can even honk the horn to locate your car and unlock the doors through your mobile device.
  • Membership costs $70/year or $7/month and hourly rates start at just $8.25/ hour with our Occasional Driving Plan, making Zipcar a cost-effective alternative to car ownership. Zipcar also offers discounted weekday driving rates for Zipcar4Business customers and membership to students 18+ on select campuses.
  • Zipcar takes care of gas, insurance, maintenance, and a dedicated parking spot. All reservations include 180 miles of driving per day.

In working with Partners for a Clean Environment, you'll find our Business Sustainability Advisors to be your most valuable resource. Our Advisors bring a diverse array of experience and technical expertise to the PACE Program. While Advisors work one-on-one with each business, they also collaborate to problem-solve and develop best-in-class strategies to help you meet your sustainability goals.

Ambra Sutherlin

Ambra Sutherlin is a LEED AP in Building Design and Construction. She has more than 10 years of experience helping property managers, owners, and tenants with energy efficiency, zero waste, water conservation and best business practices.

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Anna Perks holds a BA in political science with a concentration in environmental development from Colorado College. Before Boulder County, she worked for Eco-Cycle as a zero waste event coordinator and field organizer. Anna also worked abroad for the U.S. Peace Corps as an environmental conservation volunteer, implementing municipal, school, and business zero waste programs. She is energized to connect with Boulder businesses and help them improve their sustainability performances.

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Elizabeth Montalbano completed the Environmental Policy and Management graduate program at the University of Denver with a concentration in Environmental Management and a certificate of advanced study in Energy and Sustainability. Prior to joining Partners for a Clean Environment, Elizabeth worked with sustainability non-profits in Denver and the Vail Valley. 

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Kaela Martins holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Denver, and is currently working on her Master’s in Environmental Policy & Management. Prior to joining Boulder County, Kaela worked for 4 years with the University of Denver’s waste program, excelling their zero waste sports. She also worked for the City & County of Denver, bringing composting to three Denver Public Libraries and aiding in the success of waste programs in Denver Public Schools.

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Matt Hannon holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MS from the University of Montana. Prior to joining Boulder County, Matt worked for the Solar Energy Industries Association in Washington D.C. and conducted a year-long sustainability assessment on a business in Montana. He's excited to help businesses in Boulder County improve their bottom line by cutting down on waste and other unnecessary expenses.

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Witt Harlin holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He comes to Partners for a Clean Environment after nearly two years as the Water Conservation Technician for the Boulder-based non-profit Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC). Prior to his work with CRC, Witt interned with Natural Capital Solutions, a sustainability consultancy firm located in Longmont, CO.  

Zach Swank

Zach Swank holds a degree in environmental politics and is passionate about creating shared value through business sustainability and responsibility. Before coming to Boulder County, Zach served as operations manager of eGo CarShare, a local nonprofit dedicated to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and supporting car-lite lifestyles. Prior to that, he served in the Peace Corps and worked in sustainability consulting at Natural Capitalism Solutions, where he assisted a $1.8 billion restaurant chain in establishing its first sustainability program.

Looking for free, technical assistance to advance your sustainability efforts?

Contact a Business Sustainability Advisor at 303-786-7223 or info@PACEpartners.com. Get Started by answering a few questions about your business. 


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