Green Employment Benefits-A Brilliant Idea

News out of the renewable energy industry indicates a new trend! Green employment benefits for their employees.

In a RenewableEnergyAccess.com article, Dawn Dzurilla of Gaia Human Capital Consultants wrote that renewable energy companies are adding green benefits to their employment packages to align the company’s stated values with their company culture and to attract talent from traditional industries to the renewable energy industry. Each benefit allows employees to become more sustainable in their personal actions, a benefit that is likely to be quite meaningful to those applying for and landing jobs in the renewable energy sector.

Green employment benefits tend to fall into five categories: work related, transportation, residential, personal/well being, and financial.

Work Related: Changes in the workplace that are aligned with sustainability, such as natural light buildings and space efficient offices can increase employee productivity and satisfaction. At least one company hosts a fairly elaborate Earth Day celebrations that include education, healthy food, and a local hike.

Transportation: These benefits range from mass transit subsidies, to free bicycles, to cash prizes for taking alternative transportation to work. Some companies are even offering a $1000 toward the purchase of a Prius, with the $1000 stipend continuing each year for as long as the employee owns the car!

Residential: Some companies are offering employees stipends toward the purchase of CFLs, energy-efficient windows, solar panels, wood-pellet furnace, or wind turbine.

Personal/Well Being: Personal values of stewardship, sustainability, and personal health are valued by giving employees the opportunity to use time during the day to workout, take time off to participate in marathons, or volunteer for earth-friendly causes.

Financial: An example of this benefit is giving employees access to Socially Responsible Investments in their retirement plan and 401(k) options.

Wondering which companies are offering these benefits? Check out Green Mountain Energy, NRG Systems, Xcel Energy, KACO Solar, Gaiam, altPower.

Have you heard of other green benefits?
What green benefits would you like to see?
Let us know in the comments section.

  1. Ron Robins

    Green benefits are a terrific idea. I especially like the idea of socially responsible 401(k) options.

    In my forty years in which I’ve been following socially responsible investing, it’s only in the past few years that such plans have become available. Contrary to what many people believe socially responsible investing generally delivers similar — sometimes even better — returns than conventional investing.

    Anyone interested in getting the latest global green and socially responsible investing news might like to visit my site. It’s at http://investingforthesoul.com

    Good luck and best wishes, Ron Robins

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