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Post Date: July 13, 2012:

ECU Parking & Transportation is happy to announce it will be replacing its car-sharing service in August with WeCar, which is operated by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The change from Zipcar to WeCar comes after receiving feedback from the ECU community members who wanted more options in a campus car-sharing program.  WeCar by Enterprise is perfect for students, faculty and staff that do not have a car on campus.  Membership is not limited to those people without a car, though!  Some members enjoy the WeCar vehicles to save money on gas, lower the wear and tear on their own vehicles, and/or for the luxury of driving a brand new hybrid or fuel-efficient car!  Members pay an affordable hourly rate which includes gas and insurance.  The process to rent is still the same as other car-sharing programs: vehicles are reserved online, accessed using a membership card and returned to the same location where it was picked up.  Together with ECU Parking, WeCar continues to help students, faculty and staff reduce the congestion, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions for a cleaner, greener campus!

WeCar logo

WeCar vehicles will arrive on campus August 13, 2012. To start, the new service will have 3 brand new fuel-efficient vehicles to include: a Honda Civic, a Toyota Corolla, and a Ford Focus! Two of the vehicles will be available on the main campus, while the third will be located for use on the Health Sciences Campus.

Sign up for an ECU WeCar membership: ECU WeCar by Enterprise or for more information about WeCar visit: WeCar FAQ's

Post Date: July 9, 2012:

ONLINE PERMIT SALES

Online student permit sales are now available.

Post Date: July 2, 2012:

14th Street Parking Lot Upgrade

Over the past year, Parking & Transportation Services has been working with ECU Facilities Services and a landscape architectural firm to redesign the 14th Street parking lot across from Belk Residence Hall. This project represents the first parking lot renovation or construction project initiated since the university adopted its new master plan designating sustainability as a core value for the institution. With this clear institutional direction, we set out to make this project a model for future parking lot design. The final design includes pervious pavers and stormwater retention and filtration areas, as well as improved lighting, security and pedestrian ways. We shared the design and our views on this project with the University Environment Committee. The Committee enthusiastically supported the project and one committee member hopes to acquire research funding to assess the stormwater management efficiency of the lot.

A key element of the design also included maintaining and protecting a number of significant trees on the site. The design team was given this requirement from the start so they could incorporate these trees into the design to properly protect them and enhance the natural appearance of the lot while still maximizing the efficiency of the space. Unfortunately, some of the trees died over the winter. Our Grounds staff with help from Bartlett Tree Experts identified them as dead when they failed to produce new leaves this spring. Below are some pictures of the trees taken this past May:

Tree  TreeTree

We are investigating how this might have happened, but we are all disappointed and saddened by the loss of these trees and the resulting loss to this project. Despite the loss of these trees, we do not plan to use these areas for additional parking spaces. While we would much prefer the old trees, they cannot be saved so our plan is to plant even more native, canopy trees in these green space areas to replace the trees that were lost.

The campus personnel involved in the design of this parking lot are the same ones who decided to maintain and protect the trees at the former Stratford Arms Apartment site. Our primary goal remains - "the efficient and effective use of our campus resources to support the institution's mission". However, we are committed to meeting this goal through sustainable practices. We believe sustainable practices provide the best outcome for the campus and the greater community.

Bill Koch
Associate Vice Chancellor
Environmental Health and Campus Safety

Deb Garfi
Director, Parking & Transportation Services


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