Why Telecommuting Works for the Environmentally Conscious

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“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” 
—Jane Goodall 

For job seekers who want to follow a professional path that leads them to make a difference in their world, we suggest telecommuting.

Telecommuting Benefits the Planet 

Forrester Research estimates that 63 million U.S. workers telecommute at least some of the time; that’s 43% of the total working population of the United States. In its infographic Is Telework the Future?, Staff.com further explores the economic and environmental benefits of nearly half of all U.S. professionals working from home 50% of the time, and the results are impressive:

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But the environmental benefits of telecommuting don’t stop there. Here are four additional ways telecommuting reduces resource consumption, environmental pollutants, and other negative impacts on the world around us:

Reduced space and energy needed by businesses

By allowing employees to telecommute at least on a partial basis, employers simultaneously save on their overhead costs and save the environment. Smaller work spaces are less expensive to rent and maintain; they don’t use as many resources to heat and cool, and they save on electrical output, thereby shrinking the business’ carbon footprint.

Reduced business travel

Thanks to the convenience of instant messaging, teleconferencing, and online training, telecommuters aid the environment by lessening the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere via road and air transport. The Carbon Disclosure Project reports that companies adding teleconferencing and telepresence to their work space can “cut CO2 emissions by nearly 5.5 million metric tons in total…and achieve total economy-wide financial benefits of almost $19 billion, by 2020.”

Reduced paper usage

By engaging in e-correspondence versus sending paper mailers and opting for Cloud storage over hard copy files, telecommuters help protect the environment by reducing paper waste. Businesses also need less storage space for expensive copy paper, scanning, printing, and copying equipment, because workers are using digital resources to create, edit, and save documents.

Reduced equipment waste

In order to create a stronger distinction between their professional and personal time, telecommuters typically turn off their computers and other business equipment at the end of the work day, thereby increasing equipment longevity. Additionally, since telecommuters are responsible for providing much of, if not all, of their own professional electronics, accessories, and software, remote workers are diligent about caring for and maintaining their equipment.

Telecommuters don’t have the luxury of ringing up an IT department and placing an order for new hardware. By taking better care of equipment and replacing it less often, telecommuters contribute to fewer monitors, computers, and printers ending up in landfills.

Telecommute Employers Value the Environment 

The Virtual Vocations Telecommute Company Database is a free-to-access storehouse of profiles of telecommute-friendly employers known for seeking home-based workers to fill staffing vacancies.

From our Telecommute Company Database, we curated this list environmentally conscious, pro-telecommute employers whose commitment to the telecommuting work model is as strong as their commitment to the environment. Consider these employers when you conduct your next job search:

Hatch Mott MacDonald

Hatch Mott MacDonald, a North American civil engineering firm, operates across 70 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada in the water supply and waste water, tunnels and transport, environment, pipelines, and utilities sectors.

The company’s commitment to sustainability as one of their core business values shapes how Hatch Mott MacDonald focuses their business and honors the world around them:

Our goal is to find creative, practical, and efficient solutions and strive to create projects that allow for the preservation and enhancement of scenic aesthetic, historical, environmental, economic, and other community values.

Learn how to follow this employer’s social media pages via our Hatch Mott MacDonald company profile.

ICF International, Inc. 

ICF International, Inc. is a management, technology, and policy consulting firm that partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy, environment, infrastructure, health, social programs, consumer/financial, public safety, and defense markets. Home-based positions are offered in ICF’s Engineering, HR, IT, and Training departments.

According to their website, ICF International offers an array of environmentally-based services for their clients including the following:

  • Environmental education
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Public outreach
  • Restoration and conservation
  • Water resources management

You can view past ICF telecommute job openings we’ve posted to our Telecommute Jobs Database in our ICF International company profile.

United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a non-profit global development network helping to build nations that can withstand crisis and support a high quality of life for their people. The organization, which is present in more than 177 countries, specializes in sectors like democratic governance, environment and energy, crisis prevention and recovery, social inclusion, poverty reduction, and sustainable development.

UNDP hires a variety of qualified professionals for home-based roles as Videographers, Consultants, Technical Editors, and more. Past UNDP environmentally-friendly telecommute jobs we’ve posted to our Telecommute Jobs Database include titles like these:

  • Remote Biodiversity Land and Ecosystems Data Analyst
  • Telecommute Ozone-Depleting Substances Waste International Consultant
  • Work from Home Overall Resource Mobilization Strategy Consultancy Writer

Learn more about telecommuting for this environmentally conscious employer through our complete United Nations Development Programme company profile.

Are you interested in exploring even more telecommute-friendly employers that value the environment? Follow this link to Environmental Telecommute Companies.

Ample Opportunities for Work

Telecommute jobs that foster environmental protection, conservation, education, regulation, and awareness are in abundance. Take a look at some of the current environmentally conscious job openings in our database that remain available as of January 10, 2017. Click on any of the job titles below to learn more about how to apply:

Save this link to our Environmental Telecommute Jobs to search for environmentally conscious remote work opportunities year-round.

Why Choose Virtual Vocations Over Another Online Job Board?

Unlike other job boards, Virtual Vocations publishes hundreds of new telecommute job vacancies every day, verifying that each job posting will allow you to work from home a minimum of 20% of the time.

It’s our mission to ensure Virtual Vocations members receive fast access to the most current and best virtual job listings anywhere.

We even provide Virtual Vocations members with customizable email alert options, giving them instant access to newly published telecommute job openings curated based on their job search preferences.

In addition to complete access to our Telecommute Jobs Database, Virtual Vocations subscribers receive a variety of exclusive telecommute job resources designed to give job seekers the highest opportunity for success in their telecommute job searches.

Here’s a sampling of some of the exclusive telecommute job search benefits we offer for boosting your hireability and connecting you to the right telecommute jobs and employers:

  • Telecommuting Handbook and Interview guide downloads
  • A Telecommute Toolkit featuring e-courses like “Create a Winning Telecommute Resume” and “Telecommute Job Searching for Mid-Level and Professional Job Seekers”
  • Action plans and downloadable resume templates
  • Access to Industry Guides to help you navigate your search for a telecommute job in popular categories like Education and Nursing
  • Free access to our Telecommute Companies Database filled with thousands of profiles of telecommute-friendly employers known for hiring qualified professionals to work remotely
  • Search Filters that allow you to search for human-screened telecommute jobs by job category, type, telecommute status, travel requirements, and more—all to ensure you are applying to be most appropriate telecommute jobs for your experience level, skill set, and job flexibility needs
  • A team of experienced customer service professionals ready to answer your questions about utilizing Virtual Vocations during your telecommute job search via phone at 1-800-379-5092, email at customerservice@virtualvocations.com, and Live Chat Support on our Homepage

Visit our Services Page for more information on how Virtual Vocations can be of benefit to you during your telecommute job search.

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Kimberly Back is the Senior Job Data Content Producer at Virtual Vocations and has been a member of the Virtual Vocations team since 2012. She brings to the role more than a decade of experience in writing, editing, content management, and graphic design. She is an honors graduate of Morehead State University and works remotely from Kentucky.