Companies That Reward Employees For Going Green.

September 9, 2010 2 Comments

If I were ever to go back to working for a corporation again, benefits that include rewards for going green is the type of thing I would be looking for in a salary package. While rewards for going green or reducing one’s carbon footprint used to only be for fringe “eco” companies, more and more mainstream companies are adopting these kind of rewards for their employees. Benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, flextime, telecommuting, and bonus vacation time are always welcome, but wouldn’t it be cool to see some payback on your efforts to be a sustainable citizen of the world? I know we all do what we can on our own accord, but to have your company recognize your green efforts could go a long way to keeping you happy in your job. So which companies are rewarding their employees for being eco-minded? Let’s take a look at some green job benefits…

Google

Besides offering their workers all the standard fare, Google also offers gourmet meals made of local, organic, sustainable ingredients, use of plug-in hybrid vehicles and bicycles, free shuttles powered by biodiesel, discounts to employees who want to go solar at home, and any employees who bike, walk, pogo-stick, unicycle, or otherwise self-power to work can earn points that translate into a donation from Google to their charity of choice.


Google Plug-In Hybrids

Patagonia

Employees can leave their jobs to work for an environmental group of their choice, while continuing to get their pay and benefits while they are gone.

Clif Bar

These guys take their green rewards seriously. Employees can receive up to $1,000 annually to make eco-home improvements, $500 to apply to the purchase of a commuter bike or to make commute-related retrofits to their existing bike, and a $6,500 taxable cash incentive to use towards the purchase of biodiesel-fueled, natural gas-fueled or high mileage hybrid vehicles. Eligible vehicles include the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Civic GX and any biodiesel compatible vehicle that runs on B100 for at least six months of the year. In addition, employees who commute via foot, bike, or public transportation can earn $960 a year in rewards.

Green Mountain Power

Vermont’s power company offers employees a $1,500 incentive for the purchase of a new car, or a $750 incentive for the purchase of a used vehicle, that is included in the EPA’s Smart Way Elite category. Currently that list includes the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, and Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Bank of America

Expanded its program to reimburse $3,000 to employees purchasing a new hybrid vehicle.

Does the company that you work for give out rewards/benefits for going green? If so, where do you work and what kind of stuff do they have in place? Is it worth working there for some of those benefits? Let us all know in the comments, so we know where to look for the next job that we need!

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Comments (2)

  1. nan fischer says:

    Very cool! I didn’t know all of this. Even BofA has some redeeming qualities….

  2. These are great! BOA was an unexpected one on the list.

    When I worked for Turner, they gave free MARTA passes if you took the train to work and a free gym membership with a locker (and laundry service) if you were a bike commuter. Not a cash reward, but definitely nice. The gym/laundry thing helped a lot as a bike commuter, bc it meant I could shower when I got to work and didn’t have to wash sweaty biking clothes at home as often.

    I think they also have a program where employees can volunteer during work hours a certain number of hours per month without using paid time off.

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