If Americans drove just 10% less, the decrease in greenhouse gas emissions would be equal to shutting down 28 coal-fired power plants for a year, according to an analysis by The New York Times. To arrive at these numbers, the Times looked at the total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 by “cars, SUVs, pickups and most of the vehicles used for everyday life” and compared that total to the output of coal-fired plants.
One possible way to achieve this is through workplace policy. During the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the city advised employers to temporarily implement policies that would reduce workers’ commutes, such as “carpooling, staggering start times, avoiding scheduling meetings that would require traveling at peak hours, finding a place to work remotely, or, for some, staying at home,” explains Alissa Walker for Curbed. Could a similar policy push by both the public and private sector lead to positive environmental results?