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Pellissippi State Community College Becomes Smart Trips Sponsor

Local community college, Pellissippi State, has an excellent reputation. Professors, advisors, and administrators are known for their hands-on mentorship of each student enrolled. Smart Trips staff say this dynamic is evident on campus.

“The first time I was invited to speak at their orientation, it was clear they’re more like a family than a school,” says Outreach Coordinator Sara Martin. “I’ve since visited three of their campuses and it’s the same across the board – Pellissippi State takes care of their students.”

In February, the school increased student support even more by becoming a gold level Smart Trips sponsor. In addition to free benefits such as gift card contests and emergency ride home vouchers, PSCC will now enjoy custom blog and newsletter articles, promotion on the Smart Trips website and newsletter, cooperative advertisements in local media, help achieving a national clean commute designation, event sponsorships, catered educational sessions, and regular reports showing their emissions prevented, dollars saved, and calories burned.

The partnership fits right in with PSCC’s Sustainable Campus Initiative.

“At Pellissippi State, sustainability is twofold,” says Student Activities and Orientation Coordinator Alison Fox. “It’s important that our campuses be as green as possible, and we have a duty to prepare our students for sustainability-related careers. Transportation is a big part of the sustainability equation.”

Due to its multiple campuses, PSCC has complex transportation needs. Two campuses are in urban areas with limited parking and access to bus lines and greenways. The others have plenty of parking, but are only accessible by car. Smart Trips staff are looking forward to the opportunity to address each unique situation with a custom, clean-commute plan.

Stay tuned to keep up with PSCC’s progress and learn about other local institutions headed in the same direction. Think your employer would be a good match for the new program? Call us today! Contact Sara Martin at 865-215-3234 or sara.martin@knoxtrans.org.

commuter challenge graphicCongratulations to the 2014 Commuter Challenge Winners

On Thursday, November 20, Smart Trips welcomed the winners of this year's Commuter Challenge to The Southern Depot for a celebration of green commutes! Dana Bryson took home the individual grand prize of a $1,500 vacation package from AAA Travel. And Rush's Music won First Place in the business challenge.  See more winners >>

zipcar logoWheels With No Strings Attached!

Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! The City of Knoxville and Knoxville TPO have partnered with Zipcar to provide car-sharing for residents, businesses, and the University Community. The partnership increases access to affordable, convenient transportation options that reduce congestion and emissions. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you’re done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.

Your first year membership fee has been waived, thanks to a grant to improve air quality from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization

As a member you get:

  • Access to Zipcars 24/7.
  • Rates start at just $7.50/hour or $69/day.
  • Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!
  • The first year membership fee has been waived (Thanks for a grant from the Knoxville TPO)

Learn more and get started at zipcar.com/knoxville.

A Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant was awarded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission for membership subsidies and marketing of car-sharing in Knoxville. The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization is managing the project.


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