The Office of Student Activities is once again hosting a Ride Share program as a forum for students to connect with each other to arrange transportation during school breaks. Through the program, students driving home for breaks share details of their itinerary to find other students looking to carpool. The benefits of sharing a ride range from social aspects of riding with someone rather than alone, to economic and environmental benefits.
“A significant number of Hobart and William Smith Colleges students travel throughout the Northeast during breaks, so ride sharing provides a great opportunity for students to save money and reduce their carbon footprint,” says Sustainability Manager Adam Maurer.
Ride sharing mitigates environmental impact by lowering greenhouse gas emissions from combustion engines. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fifth Assessment Report, 2013, “Automobiles and light trucks are considered the largest contributors to air quality problems in the U.S.” Maurer also points out that ride sharing helps conserve non-renewable energy sources and reduce the U.S.’ reliance on oil imports (i.e. petroleum, which is used to make gasoline and diesel).
Students interested in offering a ride should visit the Office of Student Activities on the second floor of the Scandling Campus Center to register. Their contact information, destination, travel details, and potential number of passengers is then recorded in the Ride Share binder in the office.
A map on the first floor of Scandling will mark locations where drivers have indicated they’ll be going. Those in need of a ride can simply look at the map to see if anyone will be traveling near or to their destination. If there appears to be a ride on the map that matches their needs, they should look through the binder of registered drivers in the office to find the contact information and make arrangements directly with the driver.
E-mail the Office of Student Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have or feel free to stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to speak with a staff member.
Maurer adds that ride sharing is great for academic breaks and longer excursions during the semester, but reminds students of other ways to save cash and the environment. HWS also offers bicycle transportation through the Yellow Bike program, short-term car rental with Zip Cars, downtown transportation with the trolley, and safe streets and neighborhoods to accommodate walkers. For more information on any of these programs, e-mail email@example.com or call 315-781-4380.