Providing tools and support to community members to create local initiatives that build local capacity and leadership, increase environmental sustainability, and foster greater livability and vitality.
Pool Community Resources
We share books in public libraries, so why not create centralized locations for other useful resources like toys, tools, and even cars?
If you’ve got kids (and limited space), start or join a toy library that enables families to borrow games, toys, books, and other items for a short period of time before returning them. Similarly, tool libraries allow DIYers to borrow tools, equipment, and how-to materials for free or for a modest fee. Some even provide resources to encourage sustainable living, lend out “energy meters” for home auditing, sell recycled building materials, and offer seminars and community woodworking facilities.
For getting around, the best form of shared transport is public transit like subways or buses. But if you need occasional access to a private vehicle, consider joining a car sharing program like Zipcar. Several car-rental companies also offer car sharing, including Connect by Hertz, WeCar by Enterprise, and U Car Share by U-Haul. If you prefer traveling on two wheels, try using a bike sharing program, or start a Bicycle Lemonade project to distribute used bikes to residents in need.