Founded in 2002 by Lee Schipper with the help of Shell Foundation, EMBARQ was launched alongside the Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico (CTS-México) to provide urban mobility solutions and improve quality of life. In 2014, EMBARQ became part of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

Over 12+ years as part of WRI, EMBARQ helped make sustainable transport a reality in iconic cities through continuous on-the-ground presences in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the United States. Notable achievements included Mexico City's Metrobus bus rapid transit system, new cycling and bus rapid transit infrastructure in Turkey, and national sustainable transport policy in India.

EMBARQ's extensive sustainable urban mobility expertise and experience working in key cities helped lay the foundation for continued collaboration with local and national authorities, businesses and civil society. EMBARQ's work to reduce pollution, improve public health, and create safe, accessible and attractive urban mobility solutions continues through the work of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities today.

Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship

Since 2013, EMBARQ and WRI have supported the Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency in honor of Lee Schipper (1947-2011), inspiring and shaping a generation of students and professionals in the fields of sustainable transport and energy efficiency. The scholarship supports young researchers and students in the pursuit of policy enrichment consistent with Lee Schipper’s contributions. 

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EMBARQ Publications

Note: EMBARQ publications have not been through WRI's peer-review process.