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September 02, 2008

Campus Car Ban

Bike_student_union_istock_000004436 Incoming freshmen at the University of Miami can bring their laptops, dorm room decorations, and fall fashions to campus, but they'll have to leave their car keys at home. As part of their "Green U" initiative, UM has banned cars for all freshmen. (Maine's Bowdoin College plans to enact a similar ban in 2009.) To handle any transportation withdrawal, the university sells bikes at low cost and provides access to ZipCars. UM's vehicle ban will remove about 500 rides from the road. There's no exam involved, but these students could learn a life-altering lesson in low-emissions living.

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