A Presidential Executive Order requires all Federal agencies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from employee commuting sources, which can be quite challenging given that less than 10% of commuters nationwide use public transportation, carpool, bike, or walk to work, combined. Over the long term an employer can work to influence the available infrastructure (i.e., bus routes, schedules), but in the short term it can make great strides in influencing behavior change among its employees.
Argonne National Laboratory is exploring opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from employee commuting, in compliance with the Executive Order. Quercus Consulting is leading the research and behavior change project, in partnership with Bluestem Communication. Argonne will implement a series of communication campaigns and supporting programs in 2015-16, and the project will culminate in a toolkit which will be distributed to all of the US Department of Energy national labs. The toolkit is expected to be completed by mid-2016.