Mayor's Office Press Release
Evolve Houston launches the eMobility Microgrant Initiative
September 9, 2022 -- Evolve Houston announced an all-new Equity Program with the launch of the eMobility Microgrant Initiative funded by Evolve Corporate Catalysts, General Motors and bp. This initiative will facilitate a peer-review process to award microgrants to local electromobility “eMobility” projects that address community mobility needs in the Greater Houston area. The deadline to submit grant applications has been extended until September 30th, 2022. Applications may be submitted online at apply.evolvehouston.org.
Evolve Houston is a nonprofit organization focused on improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by supporting and enabling the Greater Houston area to increase EV adoption.
“The Complete Communities Initiative bridges the gap between equity and opportunity for our city’s most under-resourced and underserved neighborhoods. Residents living in the Complete Communities have made it clear that iit is past time to address the transportation and climate change challenges that impact their quality of life,” said Shannon Buggs, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Complete Communities. “Increasing chronic air pollution and lack of equitable mobility has disproportionately affected low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. With the help of community leaders, the Evolve Houston Equity Program provides a pathway for our City to ensure that every resident lives in a healthy, sustainable and thriving community.”
Evolve established the Equity Program to address poor air quality and limited access to public transportation in vulnerable communities. Through the eMobility Microgrant Initiative, Evolve will invest in local community-led efforts focused on increasing access to all forms of electric mobility and EV charging stations. This initiative will provide additional support to mitigate the negative long-term effects of environmental injustices experienced within these communities.
“Evolve Houston is committed to supporting a just transition to a more sustainable transportation system, so all residents can receive the benefits of eMobility. The Greater Houston area has made significant progress in improving livability. We must continue and bring the eMobility revolution to Houston’s communities that remain disproportionately in need of a cleaner environment, better services, and diversified economic development,” said Grace Millsap, Evolve Houston Director of Equity and Investment. “Evolve's eMobility Microgrant Initiative will empower and elevate residents’ voices, drive further community investment, and prioritize the communities who are most impacted by climate and mobility challenges.”
Evolve’s Equity Program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost economic activity in Houston’s historically underserved neighborhoods. Microgrant funding opportunities are set to open in fall 2022.
Evolve’s Equity Corporate Catalysts, GM and bp, have catapulted the Equity Program forward with generous contributions. Funds raised will make a direct impact within the underserved regions of Houston.
“bp is proud to support Evolve in addressing one of the key challenges of the global energy transition: making sure low-carbon energy investment gets to areas that need it most,” said Emily Leung, VP of bp pulse Americas, bp’s EV charging brand that is part of bp's ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and help the world get there too. "This program is a small but important step in that direction for the City of Houston, and we wish Evolve every success with the launch.”
“As we look ahead toward an all-electric future, we recognize how important it is for communities to have a strong voice, and resources, to implement community-level changes that work for their specific needs,” said Jessica James, senior manager, GM Climate Equity Fund and Disaster Relief.
Evolve is continuing its fundraising efforts for the eMobility Microgrant Initiative. Click here to learn more about joining the Equity Program as a Corporate Catalyst.
The Equity Program is rooted in Evolve’s studies of the EV charging station growth rate in the Greater Houston area, which highlighted that the array of existing and planned EV charging stations is highly concentrated in and around high income communities. This reflects an inequitable investment in low-income, minority, and other frontline communities.
Transportation now accounts for 48% of total GHG emissions within the City of Houston. Low-income and predominantly BIPOC neighborhoods disproportionately bear the impact of climate and mobility injustices and, historically, have not been given a voice in infrastructure decisions necessary to correct these injustices.
About Evolve Houston
Evolve Houston is a nonprofit organization focused on leading the emerging eMobility ecosystem within Houston by promoting electric vehicle adoption and education. Founded in 2019 through the City of Houston’s Climate Action Plan, Evolve is a non-profit coalition of sustainability-minded civic, business, and academic leaders who seek to accelerate clean transportation in Houston through electrification. Along with founding members CenterPoint Energy, the University of Houston, NRG Energy, Shell US, and the City of Houston, Evolve Houston’s goal is to improve regional air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Greater Houston area. https://evolvehouston.org/emobility-microgrants.
About General Motors
General Motors (NYSE:GM) is a global company focused on advancing an all-electric future that is inclusive and accessible to all. At the heart of this strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which will power everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, can be found at https://www.gm.com.
bp’s ambition is to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero. bp is America’s largest energy investor since 2005, investing more than $130 billion in the economy and supporting about 230,000 jobs. For more information on bp in the US, visit www.bp.com/us.