Today’s Solutions: September 28, 2021

Working from home has become the norm in the San Francisco Bay Area, leading to a sizable drop in greenhouse gas emissions. Because of this, the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission has voted to move forward with a proposal to require people at large, office-based companies to work from home three days a week as a way to slash greenhouse gas emissions from car commutes.

“There is an opportunity to do things that could not have been done in the past,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a member of the transportation commission who supports the proposal. She said she felt “very strongly” that a telecommuting mandate should be a part of the region’s future.

Although the Bay Area air quality would benefit from the mandate, not everyone wants it to go through. “We do not want to continue this as a lifestyle,” said Steven Buss. “It’s probably fine if you own a big house out in the suburbs and you’re nearing retirement, but for young workers like me who live in crowded conditions, working from home is terrible.”

Other residents said that if car emissions are the problem, the commission should focus on cars, not all commutes.

Now, you might be asking: if this mandate were to go through, what would it look like? From documents, we know the mandate would apply to “large, office-based employers” and require them to have at least 60 percent of their employees telecommute on any given workday. They could meet the requirement through flexible schedules, compressed workweeks, or other alternatives.

Solutions News Source Print this article
Todays Solutions

New study identifies why you should d...

We’ve written about how spinach can boost muscle gain and is high in folate, but today we have another reason ... Read More

The future is bright white! How paint...

Last year, we wrote about a team of researchers led by Purdue University mechanical engineering professor Xiulin Ruan who invented ... Read More

Lorde uplifts New Zealand’s Indigenou...

International star and New Zealander, Lorde, is paying tribute to her home country with new recordings of a set of ... Read More

Struggling with back-to-school season...

The school year is officially in full swing, but after months of online classes, your child may be having a ... Read More

Colorado’s reform law shows promise f...

Following waves of protests in 2020 against systemic racism and police brutality, the city of Denver established a highly successful ... Read More

This technique measures drinking wate...

While the provision of safe drinking water in impoverished countries is of vital importance, people often lack the facilities necessary ... Read More