Traffic congestion is bad for drivers, our economy, and the environment. While better urban planning and congestion pricing could help address the issue, employers can do their part by allowing employees to work from home. Here are just a few ways you can help our environment (and yourself!) by telecommuting:
Working from home lowers gas consumption, which preserves natural resources, reduces polluting emissions such as carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, and lessens polluting road 'run off.' (And think of the money and stress that's saved!)
Cool the globe! Less commuter-related car emissions can help reduce global warming. Carbon dioxide is the major contributor of global warming.
See more clearly: Nitrogen oxides produced by excessive car emissions combine with volatile organic compounds and sunlight to produce ground-level ozone (otherwise known as smog).
Help preserve our food sources - ozone and nitrous oxides contribute to an estimated annual crop yield loss of two to four billion dollars.
Find out how much your vehicle pollutes on the Environmental Defense Fund's "Tailpipe Tally" website - the Environmental Defense Fund is an EarthShare member.
Less commuting can equal more green, open spaces. Fewer cars could reduce the demand for new or wider roads, which use up land and natural resources.
Enjoy the silence. Less traffic means less noise pollution.
Become an 'e-commuter.' Working from home encourages use of electronic communications like email, intranet sites, and phone - significantly reducing paper use and waste.
Live on a mountain top! If you telecommute full-time, your home base is almost irrelevant - you can live where you decide your quality of life will be highest…and in the long run, this may also help reduce urban sprawl.
Write or research for a living? You're an ideal telecommuter candidate! Talk to your employer about a flexible schedule that will allow part- or full-time telecommuting.