Celebrate Earth Day with TDS Telecom

Earth Day Post

I’m a fan of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk (and possibly a little envious). The 43 year-old inventor/ investor/engineer serves as CEO and CTO of SpaceX, Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. I may be a fan, but that doesn’t mean I always agree with him.

During a recent interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson for his StarTalk radio show Musk said the solution to traffic congestion is more tunnels. “It [tunnels] would always work, even if the weather is bad. It would never ice up, and it would never fall on your head.” The two were also discussing the practicality of flying cars hence the, “It would never fall on your head” comment.

This is where my opinion differs from Mr. Musk. Building a series of interconnected tunnels would be expensive, time consuming and I’m just guessing here, but probably not feasible in every large city. Instead I would propose an alternative; using the nation’s extensive telecommunications networks to ease traffic congestion.

Telecommuting benefits employers, employees and most importantly the earth. According to Global Work Place Analytics traffic jams idle away almost 3 billion gallons of gas and account for 26 million extra tons of greenhouse gases each year. TDS Telecom’s Daryl Loether used to drive up to an hour each way for work. Now, he telecommutes. He says he’s happier and so is his wallet.

Daryl isn’t alone. Everyday Two-hundred-and-twenty-six other TDS Telecom employees telecommute to work as well. On Earth Day we’ll be increasing that number! To celebrate the occasion most of TDS Telecom’s social media team will work from home and share their experience on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #MyEarthDayView.

It wouldn’t be a celebration if we didn’t include you. So, we’re asking you to snap a picture, or two, or three and show us how you’re celebrating Earth Day! Are you working from home that day? Take a picture of the view outside your office window and share it! Riding your bike to work? Have someone take a picture of you on your wheels and share it (please don’t take a selfie while you’re riding)! Get it?

Sharing a picture using the hashtag #MyEarthDayView will also automatically enter you into a drawing for this quirky desktop organizer made from recycled materials.

Don’t forget Earth Day is Wednesday, April, 22 and you can celebrate with us by sharing your Earth Day photos using the hashtag #MyEarthDayView.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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