Merging Lanes: Thinking Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Since 2005, we’ve convinced more than 70,000 Georgia commuters there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Think green today – and every day – and enjoy the latest installment of Merging Lanes.

Telework Seminar Recap
A panel of telework managers representing a cross-section of industries shared their perspective earlier this week on how to make telework successful.  A sampling of some of their observations:

  • The lines are blurring between work and home.  You see the bevy of people with laptops at coffee houses soaking in java and wi-fi.  You see the legions of mobile phone users thumbing e-mail messages.  In the Atlanta region, 600,000 commuters telework on occasion.  That’s enough people to fill up Turner Field 12 times.
  • The decision to offer telework spans a range of motivational factors from attracting talent to offloading real estate expenses to delivering a modicum of work-life balance.
  • The biggest obstacle to getting buy-in from managers centers on trust.  How can you trust employees to do their jobs from home when you cannot see their nose to the grindstone?  Managers have to stop obsessing over this conundrum and trust their employee’s understanding of a simple code: “You have an objective.  Get it done.”

Lane ends 2,000 feet.

Seeking Relief from the $700 Sting

Gas prices have climbed nearly 90 cents in Georgia between mid-September 2011 and mid-March 2012. How has this affected your discretionary spending?  The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates higher prices will cost the average U.S. household $700 more this year in gasoline than in 2010.  With wild predictions swirling around about the future of gas prices, now is a good time to take a look at your commuting options.  In 2008, $4 a gallon was the threshold that brought more people to reconsider driving alone.  What is the proverbial tipping point this go around?

Lane ends 1,000 feet.

Clean Air Schools Move to Head of the Class

The education program that brings students, teachers, administrators and parents together for less traffic and cleaner air has reached an incredible milestone on the journey to foster clean air values and awareness. 300 schools across Georgia are now involved in Clean Air Schools programs that reduce vehicle trips on campuses, reduce unnecessary idling in the carpool lane and teach youths about the link between transportation and air quality.  Here’s to the next 300 schools.

Lane ends 500 feet.

Positively Mad About High-Speed Rail
Three-time Golden Globe award-winning TV drama “Mad Men” counts some big admirers of high-speed rail transit among its cast.  The show takes place in NYC in the 1960s, when commuters could choose between taking the train into work or driving and being able to snag a parking spot with minimal effort.  The producers shot this fun vignette about travel choices as part of an advocacy campaign for high-speed rail.
Worth a vote.


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