Remote Work Policy Clearinghouse

Learn how remote work policies and practices can help maintain air quality progress in the Bay Area by reducing traffic, air pollution, and climate impacts.

Remote work allows employees that have the flexibility to work offsite, usually at their home. Extending remote work options for employees after the COVID-19 shutdown orders are lifted can reduce traffic congestion, help maintain our air quality progress, reduce employer and employee costs, and reduce climate impacts.

About the Remote Work Clearinghouse

This clearinghouse includes information on the mobility, air quality, and health benefits of remote work for elected officials, private businesses, and public agencies. It provides a complete remote work toolkit featuring resources and guidance, model teleworking agreements, and information on equity considerations and ergonomics. 

Offering a formalized remote work policy can be mutually beneficial to the employee and employer. These benefits include:

  • Cleaner air and reduced climate impacts
  • Reduced traffic congestion
  • Saves money and time spent in traffic
  • Improved employee recruitment, retention, and productivity
  • Money saved on commercial real estate and parking facilities
  • Enhanced employee wellness and work-life balance
  • Enhanced opportunities for persons with disabilities
  • Resiliency - provides a blueprint to continue business during a crisis

Clearinghouse Sections

  • Sample Policies, Guidance and Resources
    Guidance and resources from cities, counties, states, and the federal government, including sample telecommute policies, toolkits, and templates to inform new policies.
  • Equity Considerations for Remote Work
    Information about equity considerations for telecommuting, including studies showing disproportionate opportunities for telecommuting between different occupations and employee resources for those unable to work remotely.
  • Ergonomics and Equipment
    A compilation of workplace ergonomics and equipment resources from cities, counties, states, and the federal government. Includes information on components and best practices for telecommuting equipment and home offices.
  • Cut the Commute Pledge
    The Cut the Commute Pledge offers an opportunity for representatives of Bay Area companies and organizations to pledge to provide remote work options for their employees.

Spare the Air Employer Program

The Spare the Air Employer Program helps employees participate in air quality improvement efforts year round. Today, more than 2,000 businesses and government agencies are active in the program.

  • Spare the Air Employer Program
    Remote Work Toolkit
    The Employer Program toolkit is intended to help businesses with employees in the Bay Area start or expand a remote work program, and to help inform employees about what to expect.
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Kelly Malinowski
Senior Environmental Planner, Planning and Climate Protection


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Last Updated: 8/5/2020