Seems like we are all pretty quick to criticize corporate America and assume that big employers are bad employers.
It is great to catch a company doing something good for both the Earth and their employees by promoting making buildings where they work and live more environmentally friendly. Here is a shining example – Clif Bar and Company , manufacturer and distributor of all kinds of healthy and great tasting bars and drinks.
In addition to incentives for taking public transportation, buying commuter bikes, and buying the most fuel efficient cars on the market, Cliff Bar employees can get up to $1,000 for eco-home improvements! Nice way to practice what they preach and support making good choices both at work and at home.
Clif Bar understands the value of both human and natural capital but, true to form for a company that was “started on a bike ride”, do not sing their own praises. I read about Cliff Bar and Company and went to their site to see how they presented their employee benefits and this is all I found:
“Clif Bar & Company is a pretty neat place to go to work every day. If you like tasty food, nice people and lots of interesting challenges, we’d love to hear from you. Did we mention there’s a rock-climbing wall?”
My friend Dr. Andrea Cook told me about programs at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) – an awesome San Diego company that really walks the walk. CCSE did their own upgrade to their space and installed motion sensor lights, high efficiency bathrooms with waterless urinals, quick air dry for hands, and have reverse osmosis water onsite and always available. In addition, they have a monthly “Green Award” monthly given to an employee who is recognized (caught) doing something green that goes above and beyond (or is out of character).