This calculator tells you how much your remote work is reducing your company's emissions
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Ending your daily commute might lower your footprint—but not always.
When businesses and schools shut down in Los Angeles a year ago for the pandemic, the city's smoggy skies cleared and rush hour traffic disappeared . Pollution also shrank in other cities . It seemed like a sign of how much climate emissions and air pollution could drop if companies decided to let more employees work from home permanently.

But the benefits aren't quite that simple. A new calculator lets companies plug in different scenarios in a handful of cities—San Francisco, New York, Houston, London, and Toronto—and see how changes to people's work patterns and commutes might impact overall emissions.

Unsurprisingly, commutes do matter: In a 500-person office in Houston, for example, if almost everyone who normally drives alone to work suddenly begins working from…
Adele Peters
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