Air quality monitors in Maricopa County consistently exceed the federal health standard for ozone in warmer months. As a result, businesses around the County pay higher costs related to nonattainment and residents experience declining health conditions. The transportation sector plays a significant role in contributing to ozone precursors. Efforts to reduce vehicular travel can play a positive role in improving air quality.
Teleworking, in particular, is a proven strategy for businesses seeking to make substantial reductions in employee drive-alone commuting and quantifiable vehicle emission reductions. Maricopa County, where approximately 76% of workers drove alone to work in 2018, is an ideal location for encouraging teleworking. Additionally, the demand for telecommuting in Maricopa County is high: 7% of employees currently telework, but nearly 30% have indicated an interest in teleworking as a work option.
This project aims to use a best practice literature review, survey and focus groups, highlighting experiences related to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order within our pilot city, Tempe, to develop a teleworking toolkit for Human Resources departments seeking to develop teleworking programs. The final toolkit will be deployable by travel reduction programs in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties.
- Amanda Luecker, AICP, ADEQ
- Vanessa Spartan, AICP, City of Tempe
- Abagail Cooksey-Williams, Valley Metro
Healthy Urban Environments