UC Mobility Cooperative

Project Leads: Gordon Bauer & Seigi Karasaki

Sponsor: The Energy Institute at Haas

TGIF Grant: $1,981.00

Project Theme: Transportation & Urban Development

Project Location

2017 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Several studies have shown that car sharing reduces the environmental impact of transportation by decreasing the total number of vehicles and increasing use of alternative travel modes such as public transit. Given that most privately-owned vehicles are only used about 5% of the time, it also makes common sense. But despite rapid growth in recent years, car sharing has failed to become a primary mode of transportation, and remains more expensive than car ownership in most cases. In order to become economical and mainstream, car sharing will need to replace ownership entirely, which means the sharing system must affordably serve all of a car owner’s transportation needs, from daily commuting to long road trips. The goal of the UC Mobility Cooperative is to leverage pre-existing social networks to reduce many of the barriers associated with car sharing, and launch a sharing platform that can provide the same flexibility and convenience as private vehicle ownership with lower cost and carbon footprint.

Monitor the driving habits of members of the UCB community to assess the potential efficiency gains of car sharing within their respective campus groups.
- Assess the potential for reducing the total number of cars and replacing some with short-range battery electric vehicles.
- Develop a smartphone app to manage peer-to-peer car-sharing within these groups.
- Implement initial pilot projects within two campus groups allowing group members to share cars with each other.
- Measure impacts on driving habits, transportation expenditures, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.