Broadband access can play a much larger role in ameliorating profligate energy waste through reducing the need for daily physical office worker commuting. Yet many municipalities don't take into account telecommuting and remote presence when trying to plan for greener urban-suburban land use and transit. The paradigm of physically moving masses of office workers back and forth every day is clearly coming to an end, but that does not mean people must be concentrated into close living hives in order to achieve resource use efficiencies - significant numbers can telecommute. Unfortunately, we seldom see telecommuting promoted among the green planning alternatives. Increased broadband access, telecommuting, and remote presence should be promoted as a resource efficient alternative to physical commuting and hyper dense urbanizing.
Idea No. 35