Cloud Commuter

ENEREF INSTITUTE INITIATIVE

CloudCommuter Initiative encourages people and organizations to use the cloud in a way that allows more employees to work nearer to their home.

A global campaign to reduce the fuel we burn (and time we waste) commuting to work.

TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

With industry experts, develop guidelines and workspace requirements needed for employers to benefit from CloudCommuter employees.

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FACILITY GUIDELINES

With leading architects, build secure shared work facilities, purpose-build for cloud collaboration, that can universally communicate with each other. 

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Even at night, you can see the moonlight coming through them… it looks like the lights are on.

Mike Bromley - President, Chamberlain Construction Corporation View Eneref Report

I would absolutely do what we’ve done here again in a new facility.

Malcolm Nightingale - Operations Manager, Rooms To Go View Eneref Report

You definitely get that feeling of daylight in the hallways and the classrooms.

Phillip Williams - Energy Manager, Town of Ashland View Eneref Report

We looked for opportunities to leverage best practices within budget that are environmentally conscious.

Bill Anderson - VP Operations, Karndean Flooring View Eneref Report

When the renovation was complete, it was unbelievable. Students were astonished by the results.

Ken Fibbi - Director of Buildings for the West Allegheny School Distric View Eneref Report

In all the buildings I’ve ever designed, they always have had a daylight component, because it just makes sense

Gerard Lee - Architect with Harley Ellis Devereaux View Eneref Report

It’s a really well built, well detailed, high thermal performance skylight. It’s super cost-affordable because it’s modular.

Andrew Feuerstein - Architect with Leven Betts View Eneref Report

I knew the ceilings were going to be beautiful with those light shafts cut through, and they are. It’s a really nice space.

Andrea Kowalski - Owner, Andrea Kowalski Architect LLC View Eneref Report

Overall it’s great – the kids definitely enjoy having natural light in there, it’s just a much more natural feel.

William Teal - Science Teacher, Alvin Junior High School View Eneref Report

BE A CLOUD COMMUTER: TOP SEVEN REASONS

Since today’s technologies allow for meetings with anyone anywhere, its time we ask ourselves why so many people suffer the burden and drudgery of commuting to work unnecessarily.

  1. Commuting is a Waste of Time

    The average commute time in the US is 25.4 minutes, or 50.8 minutes per day. That equates to over 200 hours per year getting to and from work. Now multiply 200 hours by the one hundred million people who make that commute to work on a daily basis.

  2. The Right Technology is Now Here

    For thirty years we’ve waited for the paperless office. It has finally arrived. What’s changed is the cloud. While today many organizations allow for occasional work-at-home on an as-need basis, only 3% allow all or most of their employees to work at least some time at home on a regular basis. We’ve made great progress building greener, more efficient workplaces. The fact is, we now use more energy commuting to work than our working buildings use for heating, cooling, lighting, and other energy uses.

  3. Transportation Infrastructure Needs Help

    China spends 9% of GDP on infrastructure, and Europe about 5%, while the US spends 2.4%. But investing in more technology instead of more roads may be a better bet for America. The Census Bureau expects the US population to grow by 40% over the next four decades, therefore transit demands will increase as well.

  4. A Better Way to Live

    More work-near-home workers would strengthen and revitalize local businesses, especially for economically depressed areas where good-paying but distant employment doesn’t mean moving away.  Today, with longer work hours and two-parent (or single parent) workers, out-of-town commutes are especially costly on families as well as on communities. And when companies close up shop, entire communities aren’t devastated, which increases the odds laid off employes will find new work, especially if the entire community is already strengthened by many other gainfully employed CloudCommuters.

  5. Security in an Insecure World

    Cloud Commuter workers can mitigate security risks. The attack on the World Trade Center was magnified for Greater New York company’s who’s workers were concentrated in the Twin Towers. Catastrophic weather events that temporarily put entire regions out of business are growing more common. Even a flew epidemic disrupts business. However when an organization can broadly distribute human resources throughout an extended region, a single tragedy is less detrimental.

  6. More Productivity Without More Cost

    Numerous studies demonstrate an increase in worker productivity for organizations by their telecommuting employees. And national aggregate productivity could increase with an array of cloud community facilities across the US, promising less time squandered in traffic, faster job placements from wider search nets, lower costs for start-ups, fewer concentrated disruptions, faster collaboration, faster scaling, faster buys, faster sells.

  7. Our Planet Will be Grateful

    Cloud commuting can no longer be reserved for employees with special circumstances, but rather a standard business practice—indeed a best practice. The stakes are too high for workers, for families, for our nation and for the planet. If relieving our transportation infrastructure and reducing traffic isn’t reason enough for cloud commuting, several recent reports stating that the nature, pace and consequences of climate change requiring urgent action certainly is. Beginning with the low hanging fruit, each of us can individually mitigate that risk. If the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can set off a tornado in Texas, what can one more cloud commuter do? Everyone of us who can just as easily work from home, starting tomorrow, should.

Polycarbonate in Commercial Skylights

“We recommend polycarbonate Prismatic skylights, especially in hail zone areas, where strength and safety are key,” -- Pete Shannin, Vice President, Daylighting Product Solutions at Acuity Brands.

Natural Daylight Inside PA Elementary School

"When the renovation was complete, it was unbelievable. Students were astonished by the results." -- Ken Fibbi, Director of Buildings for the West Allegheny School District.

FAQ: How do I get my boss to allow me to be a CloudCommuter?

If you are a perfect CloudCommuter candidate but you’re concerned your boss will object, take a look at some sample letters that worked for others. And please send us yours!