Equity is not a program, or a box to be checked - it is a set of skills and practices that we have to continuously develop. To succeed in advancing smart transportation we must also succeed in advancing equity.

We believe that bringing new mobility technologies to traditionally underserved communities is critical to the success of the overall industry, and will also maximize the economic and environmental benefits of these technologies.

We have a responsibility to challenge and disrupt institutional racism and other systems that deprive people of access to clean affordable mobility.

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Published Reports

• In 2019 we completed a case study on our experience managing Uber Community Impact Initiative (CII) programs, Hacienda CDC in Portland, OR and the Seattle Housing Authority in Seattle, WA.

• We helped Puget Sound Energy design a project implementation plan to deliver a multi-family carshare project in low-income communities throughout their service territory.

• We worked with Portland General Electric (PGE), to provide outreach and assistance to community-based organizations as they submitted applications for transportation electrification projects to the PGE Drive Change Fund.

• We are launching a first of its kind EV carsharing program (CRuSE) in rural Oregon designed to serve both low-income residents and local businesses.

• We’ve developed important collateral in ten different languages to serve a diverse community with access to critical information on transportation electrification.

• Our annual Roadmap Conference included multiple equity-focused sessions and a keynote focused on the importance of equity in transportation. We also expanded our equity scholarship program, which supports attendance by those working in traditionally underserved communities.

• An understanding of equity is a focus area when we interview candidates for employment. All interview panels include at least one person of color.

• In 2020, approximately 33% of responding staff and 29% of responding board members identified as people of color, while 52% of staff and 29% of board members identified as female.

• All members of our leadership team have participated in a “Reframing Racism” training at Portland’s Center for Equity and Inclusion.

• We include discussions centered around DEI at staff meetings and board meetings and created an internal DEI book club to expand our conversations.

• We are launching the TEEM Community of Practice project, a partnership with Greenlining Institute to help equity and environmental organizations build durable partnerships to advance electric mobility policies.  

  We are presenting the country’s first national conference on E-Mobility and Equity in partnership with EVNoire and making the content completely free of charge to community-based organizations and government staff. 

  We are launching a new equity-focused demonstration project in St. Louis. The SiLVERS project will demonstrate how electric vehicles can strengthen senior services and save money for community-based organizations in low-income communities of color.

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