Thursday, January 3, 2008

How far do you have to walk?

Check out Walk Score. It's a site that helps determine how "walkable" your neighborhood is, i.e. how close it is to stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. A great quick and dirty way to pick your home or office location (with your real estate advisor). My office in Georgetown rates a 98% - we have several options for restaurant options or places to run errands during lunch.

What would happen if my office was located in a place with a low walk score? We're a 120-person office. I predict that our carbon footprint would increase by at least 5 tons of CO2 per year. What is worse than all that CO2? Having an office far from amenities really puts a damper on productivity! Assuming all of us run 1 errand per week in our cars that we could have walked to at another location. That's 120 employees x 1 hour x 52 weeks x $75 per hour... close to $500,000 a year driving to TGI Fridays, Walgreens or the bank. Now those are some expensive errands.


Kevin said...

ouch .. 23 out of 100... and it has a couple out-dated items like a "cinema" which was demolished over 2 years ago.

Mike said...

Wow! If you worked where I do (1800 F Street, N.W., Washington D.C.) the score is amazing.....100 out of 100!!

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