STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EARTH SCIENCES - EARTH SYSTEMS PROGRAM

Sustainable Choices

Travel During Off-peak Hours

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Overview
If you’ve ever been stuck in rush-hour traffic, then you know that it’s more efficient to travel during the off-peak times. It’s more efficient for your schedule, more efficient for your wallet, and more efficient for the air we breathe. In short, there’s nothing good to say about traffic jams. The less time you spend idling on the freeway or city streets, the less pollution you’ll spew into the atmosphere and the more time you have to do more rewarding things. See what you can do to tailor your schedule away from traffic.

Tips & Tricks
Talk to your boss about re-arranging your work schedule. Explore the possibility of shifting your work hours so that you commute during off-peak times.

Think about telecommuting. See if you can do your work from home and communicate via phone or email. Start with one or two days a week.

Web & Print Resources
Telecommuting overview, case studies, and research: www.telecommutect.com

Fun Facts

Average commute time in New York City is 38.4 minutes.