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Verizon Teleworking Saves 18,000 Gallons in Six Months

Fewer than 200 Verizon employees saved more than 18,000 gallons of fuel through teleworking in just six months, the company says.

The telecoms firm carried out a study of employees in several locations, to determine the impacts of teleworking. Verizon found that over six months, the employees avoided 10,680 hours (445 days) of commuting time. By March 2011, they avoided driving 62,000 miles.

“I really appreciate the flexibility that TeleWork provides,” said Nena Faulker, a senior consultant on Verizon’s sustainability team. “My telework commute is significantly shorter and much less stressful.  Plus, with the rising fuel prices, it saves me money, wear and tear on my car, toll charges and I get to have a positive impact on the environment.”

Recently Verizon announced it is changing its carbon efficiency metric, from metric tons of CO2 emitted per million dollars of revenue, to metric tons of CO2 per terabytes of data carried on the company’s networks. Verizon claims this new metric will allow it to accurately quantify the impact of all its environmental initiatives for the first time.

The measure combines emissions from electricity, building fuels and vehicle fuels.

Environmental consultant and EL columnist Kim Allen notes that not only are employee commutes emissions-heavy, but programs to reduce single-car commutes and enable productive telecommuting can increase employee loyalty.

Nearly 20,000 employees at IT giant Cisco use the company’s Virtual Office platform at home, to telecommute one or more days per week. The software extends Cisco’s own network into their homes, permitting high speed access to voice, video and data applications.

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4 thoughts on “Verizon Teleworking Saves 18,000 Gallons in Six Months

  1. This should be obvious, the benefits of teleworking. I teleworked full-time for 4 years straight before I got laid off. I saw a reduction in stress, costs, saved time, all the benefits. But then I got laid off and got a job where I have to come in everyday. Guess what I do?- I’m a web developer, of all professions!

    Don’t know what these managers are thinking when they make people pollute the environment day after day.

    Hasn’t the internet set us free yet???

  2. Teleworker for Verizon for 16 years. Now being told we have to come back to the office full time. So much for the environment and caring about home life balance. The average workweek is 65….now it will be 40…..no more givebacks.

  3. When I previously telecommuted for a small business I typically work no less than 45 hrs each week. Now that I’m back in the office I work no more than 40 hrs each week.

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