(Feb. 2007) CarSharing Industry Forms Association to Drive Best Practices - Bay Area's City CarShare is a Member and Co-Founder

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CarSharing Industry Forms Association to Drive Best Practices – Bay Area’s City CarShare is a Member and Co-Founder
(San Francisco, CA) In order to maximize the environmental and social impact of the carsharing industry, eighteen carsharing organizations from around the world have launched the CarSharing Association (CSA). City CarShare, a Bay Area nonprofit carsharing organization, is a founding member and will be on the new association’s Executive Committee. 

While the concept of carsharing has been around for half a century, it is only within the past decade that the service has become popular in cities around the globe. Today’s formal launch of the CSA establishes an association dedicated to promoting the environmental and social benefits available through carsharing. Founding members are signatories to the Carsharing Industry Code of Ethics and Standards of Practices, which articulates the purpose, definition, and goals of carsharing. 

City CarShare has worked with other socially responsible car sharing organizations for years to develop the principles and objectives of the Association. “By launching the CSA, we have raised the bar for the carshare industry’s standards and practices. At City CarShare, we are very excited to be part of an effort in which carshare providers are formally committing to a shared vision to build smarter cities through socially-responsible carsharing,” said Rick Hutchinson, CEO of City CarShare. 

CSA members share goals that include reducing the number of cars on the road, relieving congestion, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and augmenting transportation options at a lower cost than owning a car. By adhering to the Industry’s Code of Ethics, members prioritize community benefit over profits. 

Members agree to work with each other to focus on environmental impact and social benefits, education, research, and ethical practices. 

The CSA member organizations span Australia to Nova Scotia, the USA to Brazil. Together, they represent over 100,000 active members across the globe. The CSA includes innovators of carsharing in North America, some of whom have been in operation since 1994. 

City CarShare, the largest nonprofit carsharing organization in North America, is entering its 10th year of operations and will work with the association to build best practices and develop policy to help municipalities ensure that car sharing meets their environmental and community objectives. 

“Carsharing is a reliable and flexible alternative to car ownership,” states the CSA’s founding document. “Its mission, vision and values lead to actions aimed at decreasing individual car ownership, reducing vehicle miles traveled, improving urban land use and development, and providing affordable access to vehicles for all constituencies — including those less able to afford car ownership.” 

Founding members of the Car Sharing Association are: 

Ashland Car Share (Oregon) 
AutoShare (Toronto, Canada) 
Buffalo CarShare (Buffalo, NY) 
The Car Co-op (Vancouver, Canada) 
CarShareHFX (Halifax, Canada) 
CarShare Vermont (Burlington, VT) 
City CarShare (San Francisco Bay Area, CA) 
CityWheels (Cleveland, OH) 
Communauto (Montreal, Canada) 
Community Car (Madison, WI) 
eGo CarShare (Denver and Boulder, CO) 
GoGet (Sydney, Australia) 
HOURCAR (Minneapolis, MN) 
I-GO Car Sharing (Chicago, IL) 
Ithaca Carshare (Ithaca, NY) 
PhillyCarShare (Philadelphia, PA) 
VRTUCAR (Ottawa, Canada) 
Zazcar (Sao Paolo, Brazil) 

About City CarShare: 
City CarShare (CCS) is a Bay Area nonprofit that provides convenient, affordable access to shared cars in order to reduce individual car ownership and usage. With a mission to improve the environment and quality of life in our cities, City CarShare continually strives to make their service so convenient, so reliable, and so affordable that people will prefer using a CCS car to owning their own. In doing so, CCS members are reducing traffic, parking problems, and dependence on oil–while promoting cleaner air, quieter streets, and more open space. For more information visit citycarshare.org. Contact Anita Daley (415) 970-6208, adaley@citycarshare.org 

About the CarSharing Association: 

The CarSharing Association works to maximize the environmental and social impact of the carsharing industry. Member-organizations are committed to providing sustainable, transit-oriented urban mobility for the benefit of the communities that they serve. For more information, go tohttp://carsharingassociation.com/
Contact Emily Robinson, erobinson@cnt.org, (773) 269-4043