Dan Grossman '83 (Business Administration-Finance & Real Estate)

Grossman's business zipping along

Dan Grossman

Dan Grossman used his dual degrees to start career-building businesses from the ground up. Now he’s an executive with Zipcar—the world’s leading car sharing network—and will bring this environmentally friendly transportation solution to his alma mater this fall.

This focus on clean energy, reduced consumption and maximized energy efficiency is not random coincidence, notes Mike Christensen, Sac State’s director of environmental health and safety, and chair of the University’s Sustainability Committee. It’s a reflection of the University’s increased focus on “making today’s decisions without compromising the needs of future generations.”

The Sustainability Committee first met in 2007, bringing together campus and community representatives from several areas, including academics and governance, environmental health and safety, purchasing, transportation, planning, dining services, recycling and waste management.

Members of the committee have influenced a number of sustainability projects on campus, including construction of two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings (American River Courtyard student housing and The Well fitness and recreation center), new recycling and food composting programs, installation of solar panels to recharge electric vehicles and the use of alternative fuels on fleet buses, and the partnership with Zipcar.

Zipcar’s Grossman recalls when, as a Sac State undergraduate, he had a car on campus but barely used it. Today, owning a car costs an average of $600 monthly, Grossman says. “Zipcar’s car-sharing program is an option for students who can’t afford a car. It’s environmentally advantageous and we figure each Zipcar takes about 15 cars off the road.”

Zipcars began appearing on campus in 2012 and are available to students, faculty and staff. Rates start at $8 an hour or $66 daily, and include gas, parking, insurance and up to 180 miles of use per day.

“Honestly, it feels great to be able to go back to campus and do something like this with Sac State,” Grossman says. “I feel really good about my career and it’s cool to give back.”

This article was originally published in the Summer 2011 edition of Sac State Magazine.