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PAYING PEOPLE TO PARK (THEIR CARS AT HOME)
         

ACHIEVEMENT: Employees are given a pay increase that is equal to a charge made on using a car parking space at their workplace. Employees who choose not to drive then save the money they would have spent parking at work.

TARGET DATE: December 2004 PROGRESS: None to date.

DESCRIPTION: This idea could be run as a program by any company or government. The most practical application of this idea is to include this idea in the next workplace wage negotiation, and to offer an amount equivalent to the cost of providing a car parking space to the employees. The amount could then be provided as a direct payment to be used at the employees discretion. Employees may continue to use parking facilities with no change. Others may choose to use public transport, car sharing, bicycling or otherwise, and be entitled to keep the difference as an indirect bonus for reducing car use.

FURTHER INFORMATION: This idea came from Hunter Lovins, co-author of Natural Capitalism, while talking to a ICLEI-MCC sponsored event on 'How can local government intervene to accelerate sustainable development in their own operations and in their municipality.

 

 

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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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