We have these things called computer networks. There is no longer a need to live in, or commute into cities nearly as frequently. It is an anachronistic concept. Wall Street can be everywhere [maybe a bad example], There is no need for consolidated corporate headquarters locked into a single geographic location. Folks can live in less expensive areas and still be fully connected.
Didn't ANYONE watch [and hopefully learn from] Koyaanisqatsi 25 freaking years ago?
No. I have no idea what that is.
I will say that the greenest use of technology is to eliminate the concept of "rush hour". The problem that created rush hour is the standard 8-5 work day. The only way people used to be able to collaborate effectively was to A) be in the same building, and B) work the same hours. We're not talking about manual laborers, etc., who might need to follow daylight (or who work shifts that are offset from 8-5). We're talking about knowledge workers & businesspeople..."professionals" if you will.
Two things exist today that didn't for the nearly 100 years that the US business day model was being developed. The first is the Virtual Private Network, and the second is SharePoint. With the VPN, you no longer need to be "at work" to be "working". With SharePoint, the job of collaborating with each other is made tons easier and more efficient. It's not all about document sharing, it's about workflow and analytics and targeted communications and so on.
The book "Why Work Sucks and How To Fix It", which gets kind of preachy and self-indulgent in parts, at least does a good job of making the case for meritocracies. It poses the question 'What is important - having people in a chair, or having them accomplish goals?' It's a question that every 8-5 company should answer. Best Buy has, and they're a far better company for it. In fact, the book was written by two Best Buy employees - women, to be precise, who were so fed up with 8-5 that they successfully challenged the notion of it all the way to the top.
You can just as easily make the argument for a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) on the basis of its ecological friendliness as you can the benefits it brings to the company - treating adults as adults, making managers manage, making companies set some direction and objectives, eliminating subjectivity from the task of evaluating employee performance.