Report release: Local Governments and the Sharing Economy

local-governments-report-sharing-economyOne Earth, is pleased to announce the release of the Local Governments and the Sharing Economy (LGSE) roadmap.

Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director of One Earth, said about the contribution of SCORAI:

“This report has been influenced by our dialogue with SCORAI members on the sharing economy and on sustainable consumption and production. The systems approach undertaken by SCORAI thought leaders was particularly useful in providing a critical analysis of this sector.”

The report explores the question:

How can cities strategically engage with the Sharing Economy to advance sustainability?

There are three key messages in the Local Governments and the Sharing Economy roadmap:

  1. The Sharing Economy is not inherently sustainable but cities can help to make it more so.
  2. Community sharing is a promising area where local governments can play proactive, enabling roles.
  3. Addressing data gaps is critical for understanding sustainability impacts on cities.

To learn about Roadmap highlights sign up to our free one hour webinar with the lead authors me and Rosemary Cooper from One Earth: Tue 24 Nov at 10am PST / 1pm EST.

Please RSVP through Eventbrite here.

The LGSE roadmap analyzes shared mobility, spaces, goods and community sharing – and, to a lighter degree, shared food and energy – using a six-part sustainability filter.

  • Discover what cities are doing to lead the way including Montréal, Austin, Vancouver, Portland and Toronto.
  • Find out if carsharing, co-working spaces, clothing swaps and other Sharing Economy activities reduce the ecological footprints of cities, and increase social connection, equity and resilience.
  • Learn about recommendations and roles for local governments to harness the Sharing Economy to strategically advance sustainability.
  • Explore our analysis of Sharing Economy actors from community innovators to for-profit players (e.g., Airbnb and Uber) to the public sector.

Summary report: localgovsharingecon_report_summary_oct2015.pdf (222 downloads)

Full report: localgovsharingecon_report_full_oct2015.pdf (339 downloads)