Telework tool receives national recognition | Valley Metro
Share The Ride - Connecting your commute’s Telework Emissions Reduction Calculator tool received a Top Product award from the 2022 Environmental+Energy Leader Awards. This tool, created by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), helps companies calculate how much they can save, financially and environmentally, by shifting to telework.

“We believe that it is important to inform companies on the widespread benefits of telework with the Emissions Reduction Calculator,” said Abigail Cooksey-Williams, TDM Manager. “This award emphasizes the importance of understanding how every effort to reduce trips supports important air quality efforts.”

To use the tool, employers enter information about the potential number of employees and the average distance traveled from the worksite. Then, the calculator provides an estimate for the amount of emissions prevented and costs saved to employees if telework was implemented.

“The Telework Emissions Calculator Tool educates the public and demonstrates the benefits of organizational teleworking to improve regional air quality for all Arizonans,” said ADEQ Air Quality Division Director Daniel Czecholinski. “One of the outstanding features of the Telework Emissions Calculator is that it gives employers information on how telework can reduce regionally specific pollutants, by allowing managers to estimate emissions savings for CO2, VOCs, NOx and PM2.5 annually.”, developed by RideAmigos, provides commute-matching services and ridesharing solutions as a way to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips. The service is offered and funded through a partnership  with  Valley Metro, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Maricopa Association of Governments and Maricopa County Air Quality Department in an effort to improve air quality.

The Environmental+Energy Leader Awards judges entries from various industries on their success in providing significant sustainability and energy management results. The Telework Emissions Reduction Calculator was chosen based on its contribution to environmental efforts, innovation, efficiency and other criteria that set this tool apart.