Breathe is bringing clean transportation and electric vehicles to as many people as possible, especially those in disadvantaged communities. We are bringing air quality awareness to people by advocating for electric cars, food waste and recycling programs and pedestrian friendly land use. Using Our Commuity CasreShare (OCCS) program aims to promote different forms of transportation with a low carbon footprint.
It is vital to connect people who are looking for alternative means of transportation with a heavy focus on community engagement and responsibility. Since the CarShare is a free, membership-based project, community members can use the cars for everyday transit throughout the Sacramento Region.
Our Community CarShare Program
Our Community CarShare currently operates in seven under served communities in the Sacramento Region. Since 2017, Our Community CarShare vehicles have been taken on over 23,000 trips and traveled 450,000 all-electric vehicle miles. These trips amount to 23,000 errands, doctor visits, trips to school and leisure activities for our members, 49% of which did not have access to vehicles prior to joining OCCS.
Since the project’s inception OCCS staff realized there was a need to provide rides to residents who are unable to participate in OCCS due to age, disability, drivers license status or other factors. In order to be as inclusive as possible, OCCS developed the Community CarShare Representative program. This incentivized, volunteer-based service connects CarShare Representatives with their fellow community members to provide rides using OCCS vehicles. With over 450 members, CarShare has become a necessary part of our communities’ daily lives. CarShare reps have been our feet on the ground, providing assistance and guidance to new members and we are very thankful for their commitment and service to Our Community CarShare!
The Food Waste and Recycling Program
The Food Waste and Recycling program, funded by the Sacramento Solid Waste Authority (SWA), was designed to cut down on compostable and recyclable trash ending up in landfills. Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the third largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 14.1 % of these emissions in 2016. To cut down on methane emissions and foster healthier lungs, Breathe teams up with schools to educate children on a landfill’s environmental impact. Breathe is also implementing systems in schools to teach children to separate food waste from trash and pave the way for a more sustainable, cleaner future.