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Zipcar CEO Wins Social Entrepreneur CEO Of Year Award

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A member uses car share.

Corporate Responsibility magazine in the US named Scott Griffiths, the CEO and Chair of Zipcar as CEO of the Year in the 'social entrepreneur' category.

On receiving the award in Chicago, Scott said, "I am humbled by this recognition from CR Magazine. The success of the Zipcar brand clearly demonstrates how a business can 'do well by doing good.' Our definition of sustainability is 'the most efficient use of resources.' Since each Zipcar removes 15 personally owned vehicles from the road, we help reduce congestion, ease parking demands and lower a community's overall carbon footprint. I am proud to lead a company that is by definition sustainable," said Scott Griffith, Chairman and CEO of Zipcar. "I am honored to accept this award on behalf of our 500,000 passionate members who we call Zipsters. Zipsters share our vision of a future where car sharing members outnumber car owners in major cities around the globe."
Cityhop, is New Zealand's own version of Zipcar and was launched three years ago. Like Zipcar, members have access to cars via a smart card. They become members of a car share club and can use cars anywhere in Auckland or Wellington city once they have booked on line and the cars are programmed from only $15 an hour (including petrol) or $75 for 24 hours.
Says Victoria Carter, co-founder of New Zealand’s car share company, Cityhop, “Many companies are signing up to use the cars by the hour instead of using taxis or adding a fleet car. You can’t go far in a taxi for $15 but you can get a long way in a fuel efficient Cityhop car.
"Every day individuals and corporate clients use the cars by the hour to get to meetings or get groceries. Clients often use public transport to get to the city and when they want a car just book, swipe and go.
Scott has been CEO since 2003 and has steered Zipcar to be the world's biggest car share company. In 2007 they merged with Flexcar not long after cityhop launched into Auckland. This year they acquired Streetcar, the UK's fastest growing car club so they could expand car share throughout the United Kingdom.
Zipcar has helped change urban life by providing instant affordable mobility in 14 major metropolitan areas, 220 college campuses in the United States, United Kingdom and Canda.
If you don't think you need a car think find out more about joining a car club.

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