Enterprise’s sustainability efforts are all about the long term economic viability and social acceptance of the passenger vehicle.
With that in mind, we recently contacted the National League of Cities (NLC) about the Sustainable Cities Institute, which provides a one-stop shop for cities and sustainability professionals who not only want to identify and implement local sustainability programs and policies, but also to communicate with other municipalities about related issues and topics.
Enterprise is interested in sharing “best practices,” including various types of car-sharing and short-term rental programs, as well as the inroads we’re making with trendsetters and early adopters in select markets. This includes many consumers who rely on mass transit or simply cannot afford to purchase or maintain a vehicle on their own, yet depend on local Virtual Car® rental service, including Enterprise car sharing, as a supplement during the week, plus on weekends and special occasions.
As I noted in the 2012 State of Green Business report, providing sustainable transportation and mobility solutions has been at the core of our company’s mission for more than 55 years. Today, Enterprise’s one-of-a-kind local network, with more than 5,000 neighborhood branch offices, all located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population, provides the ideal channel for introducing and socializing new technologies like electric vehicles, not to mention the infrastructure to support them.
We look forward to working with the NLC and the Sustainable Cities Institute. Together, we can continue incorporating sustainability goals into comprehensive, long-term local transportation planning – and, in the process, even better meet the needs of our constituents, clients and customers in the communities we serve.