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

one earthFoundation grantee, , recently released its  new report Local Governments and the Sharing Economy (LGSE) roadmap, which explores the question “how can cities strategically engage with the Sharing Economy to advance sustainability?” 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 car-sharing, 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.
There are three key messages in the Local Governments and the Sharing Economy roadmap:

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

This roadmap was developed and written by One Earth supported by a grant from The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation as part of the Cities for People initiative. The One Earth team is grateful to our expert advisors and the advisory committee of eight Canadian and US member cities of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
You can read more including an excerpt from the roadmap in their blog post on the Cities for People site:
Click here to also download the summary (36 pages), full report (216 pages in English) or individual chapters here:
About One Earth:
One Earth is a Vancouver-based non-profit organization focused on shifting to sustainable consumption and production across scales. From 2013 – 2015, One Earth was the curator for the New Economies theme of Canada-wide Cities for People, initiated by The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation. Cities for People was an experiment in collaborative action to create more resilient and liveable cities. One Earth is a co-founder of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption and the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption. One Earth is also catalyzing Disruptive Imaginings: creating better futures – a global initiative aimed at producing positive and compelling visions of life in sustainable futures.