Rick Hutchinson, the CEO of City CarShare in San Francisco, explains how it was one of 18 organizations from around the world to help launch the new CarSharing Association.
What is City CarShare? It’s a nonprofit organization in its 10th year with a social responsibility to emphasize the lowering of congestion, reduce of greenhouse gas emissions and to make mobility cheaper. It’s the longest-running [car-sharing] nonprofit in North America and it helps the Bay Area save about 20 million miles of travel on Bay Area roads each year. It encourages people to walk, bike or take the bus, but is available if you absolutely need a car.
Why was the CSA set up? As car-sharing is a growing industry with a strong ethical base and a focus on the quality of life in our areas, people trust in local car-sharing organizations, as we understand the environmental and social benefits. The association wants organizations to work together to effectively ensure positive ethical growth.
Why is it important for City CarShare to be involved in the CSA? We are one of the founding members, were a signatory for the Code of Ethics and sit on the Executive Committee. As we are the largest car-sharing organization in North America and are growing rapidly, we feel very strongly that we have a mandate to help in a positive way.