One of the bigger lifestyle changes we can make to reduce our personal environmental impact is to work from home. If you live in Arizona, you are lucky - Arizona has an award-winning telecommuting incentive program that’s garnered ubiquitous buy-in from private employers around the state.
Arizona allows state employees that meet certain broad specifications to either work from home or commute to a state-sponsored office close to your home
The Arizona Telework website indicates that the lofty goal of having 20% of state employees in Maricopa County working from home has been met and exceeded. They estimate that due to the new system, state employees “annually drive 5.25 million fewer miles, generate 175,000 fewer pounds of air pollution, and endure 181,000 fewer hours of stressful driving time.”
But if you don’t happen to work for the state, you’re not left out in the cold (or heat, as it were - hey, it IS Arizona!). There are plenty of incentives for private employees to take advantage of the system. Check out the website to see what kind of options are available for you!
Not sure if working from home is a good idea for you or your business? Check out some of the common myths about telecommuting here.