Get Ready for the “New Urban” Century

April 20, 2010 - Leave a Response

Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A do-it-Ourselves Guide

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“In Charlotte, North Carolina, commuters zip along a sparkling new light rail system into a booming downtown district.

In Sacramento, California, construction workers hammer away at the next generation of green buildings.

And in New York City, rush-hour commuters pedal across popular bike paths that have spread like kudzu across the metropolis.

Those snapshots from cities across America offer a glimpse of the future. Americans are rebuilding their cities and communities to make people, not cars, the center of a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

What’s on the way out: sprawling interstates, suburban living, long car commutes.

What’s now in: light rail, green space and vibrant downtown districts.”

A revival of the city is long overdue. However, many people are stuck in the “outer burbs” because living near the city is too expensive. Stagnant wages and exorbitant housing costs have pushed people further away form the city and unfortunately urban planning can’t change the fact that we are in a new economic reality.

Selling your home to move into the city may not be economically feasible, but you can still live closer to the city by swapping your home at Commuter Swap. Live and work closer to the city and experience the great “urban” revival firsthand.

source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/01/infrastructure.rebuild/index.html?hpt=C1

Fear over Flex-Time

April 13, 2010 - Leave a Response

Cube Monkeys: A Handbook for Surviving the Office Jungle

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“Most employees feel there is more pressure than usual to be in the office. They feel as if that jacket needs to be on the back of their office chair at 8 at night because everyone is trying to prove that they’re indispensable.

Blame it on the recession. Flex-time employees, those who work alternate schedules that included working at home or around their children’s school hours, have become more skittish. Those who work outside the workplace often feel as if they’re not growing. Stay-at-home workers often work longer hours than their on-site counterparts, but some are not sure their colleagues know.”

While telecommuting is a great concept it doesn’t change the fact that most managers want to see their employees “working” in the office. The problem is getting to the office, which is usually tedious at best. For those who have looked at telecommuting as an option to ease their commute, there is a better solution – Commuter Swap. By living closer to your workplace, you’ll have less of a commute and still be able to participate fully in the office environment. Keeping both you and your boss happy!

source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/worklife/03/29/flex.time/index.html?hpt=C1

Save the Planet and Yourself – Green Biz Tips for Earth Day 2010

April 8, 2010 - Leave a Response

Our Global Environment A Health Perspective, Edition: 6

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“Earth Day 2010 is fast approaching, and the next few weeks will see a flood of activities and events as nearly one billion people across the globe prepare and plan for what organizers hope are “a billion acts of green”.

Of course, Earth Day is about more than one day – April 22 – and for 40 years the event (now the largest secular civic event in the world) has focused on mobilizing individuals, communities and businesses to become consistently engaged and active in the environmental movement.”

At Commuter Swap “Going Green” takes on added meaning. We promote a healthier lifestyle and planet by lessening the negative impact that a long commute has on the environment and the individual. By living closer to your job, instead of commuting long distances to work, you’re not only helping to save the planet, but you’re also helping to improve your well-being. Now that’s a true a win-win.

source: Business.gov – http://community2.business.gov/t5/Small-Business-Matters/When-it-Comes-to-Green-Business-Entrepreneurs-are-the-Mother-of/ba-p/18801

Speeding Causes 25,000 Deaths Each Year, But Unfortunately, It’s the Only Way to Get to Work Faster!

March 29, 2010 - Leave a Response

The Healing Power of Humor

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“Americans, on average, spend nearly half an hour commuting to and from their jobs. Here are some tips to make the ride go more smoothly:

  • To ensure an orderly security-screening procedure, arrive at your corner bus stop at least two hours in advance.
  • An office carpool is a great way to increase your levels of stress, small talk, and coffee spilled in your lap, as well as the amount of time you spend with people you can just barely tolerate.
  • Don’t take the train. Sooner or later, everyone who travels via train gets chased along the tops of the cars by crooks.
  • Drive-time traffic can seem unbearable, but remember: Your local drive-time radio hosts and their wild, zany antics are there to remind you that your life could be worse. “

But, seriously….   Commuting long distances daily is no laughing matter.  It’s a serious risk to you health and sanity, not to mention your pocketbook. So, trade your home at Commuter Swap and spend more time enjoying life instead of fuming behind the wheel.

source – The Onion – http://www.theonion.com/articles/commuting-tips,8120/

The Housing Market Continues its Decline

March 6, 2010 - Leave a Response

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

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“As the overall economy improves and the employment situation grows a little less dire, the question becomes whether real estate can muddle through — or if it will need a new round of government support to ward off another damaging downturn.

There are plenty of reasons for worry. The Obama administration’s effort to compel lenders and servicers to modify loans has not been a success. Many of these owners will eventually lose their homes to foreclosure.

Meanwhile, a quarter of homeowners with mortgages owe more than their houses are worth. If prices start dropping again, some will be induced to walk away, further undermining the market.”

The housing market is still in retreat with no signs of recovery. If you need to relocate, but you’re unable to sell your home, swap it instead with Commuter Swap. Just because your stuck with you home, doesn’t mean that you’re stuck in your home.

source: The NY Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/business/economy/06econ.html

High-speed rail: Skipping your town

February 12, 2010 - Leave a Response

Europe by Eurail 2010: Touring Europe by Train

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“High-speed rail proponents envision a multi-decade funding effort from both public and private sources to build a system serving 13 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

Public funding would come mostly from the federal transportation bill — a mammoth piece of legislation that is generally renewed every six years and funded largely by taxes on gasoline and other road-related items.

But even getting the $50 billion more from the federal government is a long shot. The last transportation bill contained close to zero funding for high-speed rail, and with the government’s debt growing by the hour, squeezing $50 billion out of Washington for trains will be a hard sell.”

High speed rail is not alone in the fact that most alternative commuting options are limited at best in communities across the nation. Therefore, it’s time to rethink the commute as we know it. Think Commuter Swap instead.

source: CNNMoney – http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/09/news/economy/high_speed_rail/index.htm?section=money_news_economy

Engaging Employees in Sustainability Efforts

December 18, 2009 - Leave a Response
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“Today, employees want to work for organizations that reflect their values, and respect their concerns about environmental and social responsibility (ESR). The days of “The Organization Man” are long gone. If companies want to retain the best and brightest employees, they must consider how to better align their values and interests with their employees. And ESR is not just for tree-huggers anymore. As humanity faces the global impact of climate change and the growing loss of our natural resources, individuals are looking to their own lives to see how they can make a difference, at home and at work.”

Let us help you to involve your employees in a greener lifestyle in and out of the workplace.

source: Triplepundit – http://www.triplepundit.com/2009/12/sustainability-consulting-engaging-employees

Commuting is Bad for Your Health

December 10, 2009 - Leave a Response
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“Besides being a daily grind that takes time away from family, a long commute can be harmful to your health. Researchers have found that hours spent behind the wheel raise blood pressure and cause workers to get sick and stay home more often. Commuters have lower thresholds for frustration at work, suffer more headaches and chest pains, and more often display negative moods at home in the evenings.”

Commuter Swap can get you out of traffic and into a more healthy lifestyle, so you have more time for the things that really matter.

source: The Washington Post – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2007/04/08/AR2007040801177.html

Americans Spend More Than 100 Hours Commuting to Work

November 25, 2009 - Leave a Response
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New York and Maryland Residents Face Most Time Traveling to Work

“Americans spend more than 100 hours commuting to work each year, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. This exceeds the two weeks of vacation time (80 hours) frequently taken by workers over the course of a year. For the nation as a whole, the average daily commute to work lasted about 24.3 minutes in 2003.

Based on a ranking of states with the longest average commute-to-work times, the ACS showed that New York (30.4 minutes) and Maryland (30.2 minutes) residents spent the most time traveling to their jobs. New Jersey (28.5 minutes), Illinois (27.0 minutes) and California (26.5 minutes) were also among states with some of the longest one-way commute times. States with some of the lowest average commute times included South Dakota (15.2 minutes), North Dakota (15.4 minutes), Nebraska (16.5 minutes) and Montana (16.9 minutes).

Of the 231 counties with populations of 250,000 or more covered by the ACS, Queens (41.7 minutes), Richmond (41.3 minutes), Bronx (40.8 minutes) and Kings (39.7 minutes) – four of the five counties that comprise New York City – experienced the longest average commute-to-work times. Additionally, workers living in Prince William County, Va. (36.4 minutes); and Prince George’s County, Md. (35.5 minutes); – suburban counties located within the Washington, D.C. metro area – also faced some of the longest commutes.

In a ranking of large cities (with populations of 250,000 or more), New York (38.3 minutes); Chicago (33.2 minutes); Newark, N.J. (31.5 minutes); Riverside, Calif. (31.2 minutes); Philadelphia (29.4 minutes); and Los Angeles (29.0 minutes) had among the nation’s highest average commute times. Among the 10 cities with the highest average commuting times, New York and Baltimore lay claim to having the highest percentage of people with “extreme” commutes; 5.6 percent of their commuters spent 90 or more minutes getting to work. People with extreme commutes were also heavily concentrated in Newark, N.J. (5.2 percent); Riverside, Calif. (5.0 percent); Los Angeles (3.0 percent); Philadelphia (2.9 percent); and Chicago (2.5 percent). Nationally, just 2.0 percent of workers faced extreme commutes to their jobs.

Other highlights:

  • Chicago; Riverside, Calif.; and Los Angeles were the only cities among those with the highest average travel times to work that are not located on the East Coast.
  • Among the 10 counties with the highest average commuting times, the highest percentages of extreme commuters were found in the New York City metro area: Richmond, N.Y. (11.8 percent); Orange, N.Y. (10.0 percent); Queens, N.Y. (7.1 percent); Bronx, N.Y. (6.9 percent); Nassau, N.Y., (6.6 percent); and Kings, N.Y. (5.0).
  • Among the 10 states with the highest average commuting times, the highest percentages of their workers commuting 90 or more minutes to their job were found in New York (4.3 percent), New Jersey (4.0 percent) and Maryland (3.2 percent).”

If you’re tired of feeling as if you live in your car, stop complaining and start swapping with Commuter Swap.

source: US Census Bureau – http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/004489.html