Travel and Meetings

More than 25% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are from transportation sources, including emissions generated by employees traveling for office-related business and commuting to and from their jobs. Advances in technology provide us with many ways to reduce work-related emissions. Videoconferencing can replace the need to fly for meetings, while telecommuting allows employees to work from home. When you have to travel, consider options to offset your emissions and green lodging options to help minimize your environmental impact as much as possible.

U.S. hotels alone generated about 170,000 metric tons of CO2 in 2005—the amount produced by nearly 37,000 cars in one year.
The average person drives about 3,000 miles to and from work every year.
The latest HD video systems now pay for themselves the very first time three people choose to avoid one international trip and elect to use video instead.
There are incentive programs for both you and your employer to facilitate alternative commuting options.
If just 1 million more people carpooled every day, it would avoid approximately 20 million pounds of carbon dioxide from direct fuel savings alone – every day.

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