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Oregon is known for its green-minded citizens, and many workers are attracted to firms and organizations that practice green, not just pay lip service to it.
Our sixth annual 100 Best Green Workplaces survey shows just how important employees rate sustainable practices. Recycling, energy conservation and buying local are just a few of the policies employees want to see in their workplace. The best green companies and nonprofits are acting on these preferences, offering bonuses for biking and taking public transport; recycling and composting; and cutting energy use.
Employers’ efforts to green their workplaces parallels what is happening at the regulatory level. State authorities are implementing energy efficiency policies in the electric utility sector and transitioning transportation to cleaner fuels. Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 10-year energy plan calls for all of the state’s new electricity demand to be met through energy efficiency and conservation.
Momentum is also increasing in the western U.S. to create a regional partnership to combat climate change. The Pacific Coast Action Plan, an agreement signed by governors of Oregon, Washington, California and the premier of British Columbia last year, calls for harmonizing greenhouse-gas reduction targets and putting a price on carbon emissions.
These are just some of the examples of how greening the workplace is part of a broader effort to green the economy.
Who are the 100 Best Green workplaces?
How satisfied are employees with green practices in the workplace?
On the flip side, employees participating in the survey were least content with their employers’ rewards and recognition of workers for meeting sustainability goals, such as taking public transport. “I would like to see more initiative in the offering of transportation subsidies,” says one employee. Employees also had lower satisfaction rates for their workplaces’ efforts to reduce toxic materials and chemicals, to conserve water and to measure progress toward sustainability. Greening the workplace is a well-established business practice, but it appears many employers have yet to tackle tougher challenges, such as reporting on steps taken towards meeting green goals.
How employers rate their sustainable practices
How are the Companies judged?
For more information on our 100 Best, click here.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
We didn’t intend this issue to have an election season theme. But politics has a way of seeping into the cracks and fissures.
Friday, October 17, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
How can you move from a command-and-control leadership model to one of true empowerment and accountability? David Marquet did, and he took notes along the way.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
Tamara Lundgren tackles the challenges—without getting trampled.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
Cylvia Hayes, tabloid vs. watchdog journalism and the looming threat of a Cascadia earthquake.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY JON BELL
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
BY DIANE BUISMAN
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Is your business ready to join us in the call for action? This opening panel includes Oregon businesses who will discuss why they signed the Oregon Climate Declaration, the investments they are making to reduce carbon emissions, and how their actions are affecting their companies.
Get ready for two days of special events produced with the EPA, Portland Timbers and ISOS before and after the GoGreen Conference on October 16.
Rotary’s Oregon Ethics in Business aims to raise consciousness about business ethics by honoring exceptional companies.
Barran Liebman’s annual employment law seminar is an industry classic.
Business leaders descend on Portland in December for the region’s largest environmental conference and trade show.
More than 400 "Change Makers" will gather to invest in a socially sustainable community.