COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways. At 5, we transitioned to remote working on March 16th as lockdowns were imposed in the states where we live. One positive that came from this transition is that fewer cars are on the road. The result is a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The 5 Planeteers, our internal sustainability team, wanted to highlight the environmental impacts of this reduction and calculated the overall carbon emissions that our team has saved by telecommuting since mid-March.
Before the lockdown, 25% of our staff already worked from home and 14% lived only a short distance from their office. However, our overall average commute was 25.52 miles. Our team’s total reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is 45.76 metric tons of CO2 so far.
With the help of the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, we can better visualize the equivalent impact of this reduction.
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