WASHINGTON, D.C.-Teleworking is like that big snowball rolling down the hill. It’s gaining major momentum—and it’s leading people straight to virtual offices.

Telework Week launches on Monday. The event is organized by the Telework Exchange and this is the second year that workers will give up driving to work in order to demonstrate the measurable value of teleworking. Telework Week officially runs from March 5 to March 9. So get your virtual office space ready. There’s still time to get involved.

In 2011, nearly 40,000 individuals and organizations pledged to telework during Telework Week, collectively saving $2.7 million in commuting costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,818 tons. With more than 50,000 pledging to forego private transportation next week, 2012 numbers could be even higher.

“According to Telework Week 2011, if all full-time wage and salary workers in the U.S. telework two days a week for one year, they would collectively save more than $215 billion in commuting costs,” says Cindy Auten, general manager for Telework Exchange.  “That’s important in this economy. The goal for 2012 is to take Telework Week to the max. Telework savings are substantial, and we want to demonstrate not only why to do it, but how to do it.”

According to a recent report by The Texas Transportation Institute, the average U.S. commuter spends 34 hours a year in traffic—and by 2020, that number will increase to 41. Working from a virtual office offers a critical solution to the nation’s traffic gridlock. Virtual offices also support workforce productivity, enhanced recruitment and retention, reduced real estate, and increased operational efficiency and continuity. It’s all part of alternative workplace strategies.

“Through our involvement with Telework Week, we hope to educate and inspire participants in all stages of telework planning to shift into high gear for program execution,” says Patrick Finn, vice president, U.S. Federal Organization, Cisco. “Approximately 70 percent of Cisco’s workforce relies on mobile collaboration, so we understand the value teleworking brings to organizations by increasing productivity and field effectiveness, and making smarter use of human capital.”