As Earth Month comes to a close, we’ve saved a topic that touches every single one of us for last: Travel. Did you know that the average American flies approximately 17.2 hours per year? Add the average work commute of 25.4 minutes each way and the emissions really start to add up. This begs the question: What can we do as individuals to reduce the environmental impact of our travel?
Here at Adobe, we’re taking this to heart and looking at how we can change how we travel to help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 10%. That’s why we launched our “Skip-a-trip” initiative this month, which encourages all Adobe employees to simply skip a trip completely and use Adobe Connect instead. Already this month, our employees have avoided adding approximately 31,000 lbs. CO2 to their, and Adobe’s, carbon footprint. Not to mention they avoided 72,000 miles of stressful, potentially unhealthy travel as well, saving our business thousands of dollars in travel costs. This effort has had a meaningful, measurable and positive triple-bottom-line benefit so far.
This approach can work for anyone. Think about it – is there a chance that you could take your next meeting via web conferencing instead of driving or flying to the meeting? Even when that’s not an option, there are many other ways to reduce your travel and help the environment. The next time you plan out a trip, think about whether it can be combined with another to get more done at the same time. Even choosing non-stop over connecting flights will use less emissions (and save you time).
What will you do to reduce your carbon footprint this month and in the future? Share your tips with us using #EarthMonth.
Vince Digneo is Adobe’s sustainability strategist.