Earth Day is coming up in a few weeks – April 22. However, companies around the world are celebrating the entire month, including FlexJobs. FlexJobs is an online, subscription-based service that focuses solely on telecommuting, freelance and work-at-home positions. The company will celebrate these green jobs by partnering with The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees Project to donate a tree for every new subscription this month. Subscriptions start at $14.95/month and the BBB-Accredited company offers a money-back guarantee.
Now I know that some people may question whether a telecommuting position is a true, green job. Telecommuting does keep vehicles off the road, which helps in reducing an individual’s carbon footprint.
In January 2009, Rachel Oliver discussed a 2008 Sun Microsystems study in a CNN article, The greenest office: No office at all? The study “suggests that the real climate killer in office life is the employee's daily commute. It concluded that as much as 98 percent of its employees' work-related carbon footprints were generated before they even reached the office.” Source: CNN
So even though it may be a bit of a stretch for some environmental purists, I’ll buy the green job association.