Whether carpooling with another student or staff member, using Camosun's new Zipcar car-share service, or using the electric vehicle charging at Interurban campus, you can drive to campus in a more sustainable manner.
Save money on gas, share the cost of parking, and score priority parking in designated carpool spots. Here's how:
- Find a Carpool Buddy.
- Fill out the Carpool Registration Form PDF - Please note that the first information block on the registration form is for Permit Holders, who will be the individual responsible for the associated group’s carpool permit. Permit Holders will be the carpooling group’s point of contact with the office of Transportation & Parking.
- Bring carpool registration, Camosun ID, and license plate number to the Campus Cashier.
- Obtain the carpool permit and display clearly in vehicle while parking at Camosun.
- Enjoy the prime parking spaces, save money by sharing costs, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Note Obtaining a carpool permit does not guarantee a space will be available. If no spaces are available, please use general parking.
Eligibility for Camosun's Carpool Program is met by any vehicle containing two or more registered persons (including the driver) arriving in the same registered carpool vehicle, where the occupants would normally be driving and parking as individuals. The vehicle and all occupants must be currently registered in the Carpool program PDF.
Vehicles displaying a carpool permit are exclusively permitted to park in the signed prime carpool spots at both campuses—Lot 6 at Lansdowne and Lot 5 and 9 at Interurban. These spots are reserved for registered carpool permit holders until 9am. If designated spots are full, carpool vehicles may park anywhere in the General Lots.
The cost of the meter ticket is the same to park in these prime spots, but it can be shared among vehicle occupants. To register, simply show College Cashiers (Dawson Building at Lansdowne, Campus Centre at Interurban) a valid Camosun ID for all occupants and license plate numbers for all vehicles participating.
Electric vehicle charging stations at Camosun
There are three electric vehicle charging stations at the Interurban campus:
- One stall located in lot P2, behind the Jack White building
- Four stalls located in P9, east of the CTEI building
- Two stalls in the small CTEI lot, on the east side of the CTEI building
Please note that these stalls are reserved for electric vehicle charging only. While charging is free, all vehicles using the stations must display a valid parking permit or meter ticket. Out of courtesy to others, please limit your stay to 3 hours. Every session is monitored.
Charging your vehicle at Camosun
1. Purchase a parking permit from a Robbins meter at Camosun.
2. Park in the Electric Vehicle Charging Station parking stall.
3. Pay with your Flo charging card or mobile app, Visa Paywave or Mastercard Paypass card
Detailed instructions on how to charge your electric vehicle.
Where can I find other charging stations?
For a comprehensive listing of the electric vehicles charging stations near you visit PlugShare.
Electric vehicles in BC
In April 2012, the Province of BC announced a $2.7 million Community Charging Infrastructure Fund to support a province-wide network of electric vehicle charging stations in 2012-2013. See the news release and backgrounder on the Province of BC website.
The goal is to build 570 charging stations serving members of the public or fleets, with participation of municipalities, regional governments, First Nations communities, BC businesses and other organizations. This charging infrastructure is an important step in offering drivers options away from home.
The CCI grant provided Camosun, along with many other sites in the region, the financial boost it needed make this technology a reality. As the market for electric vehicles grows, this infrastructure will support transportation that it is a little more CO2-friendly. It's not the only solution, but it is a step in the right direction.
The Fund is overseen by the BC Ministry of Environment and BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, and administered by the Fraser Basin Council. As of March 28, 2013, there were 431 plug-in electric vehicles that had been sold under the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) incentive program; we hope that the extension of the CEVforBC™ incentive program will see that number double in the next year.
Check out this New York Times article: How Green are Electric Cars? Depends on Where You Plug it In.
The e-charging station at Interurban campus.
Students installing the solar array used to power the charging station.