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‘Honor Roll’ companies adopt eco-friendly policies

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Employers that made the 2009 Companies That Care Honor Roll are going green.

Organizers of the 37-member Honor Roll, which recognizes organizations for their attention to the well-being of their employees and their communities, point to a growing trend among applicants toward benefits, policies and activities that shrink their environmental footprint.

Some of them encourage their employees to do the same. Examples:

  • A Mid-Atlantic “green team” of AAA employees installed bike racks at call center locations, added recycling areas and distributed tips for green practices at home.
  • Consulting firm Grant Thornton launched an employee “green committee” that sends green tips in an e-mail newsletter and stopped stocking employee kitchens with paper and plastic foam cups.
  • Enterprise Fleet Management reduced the number of handouts at its annual partners meeting and printed the rest on recycled paper. Employees handed out refillable water containers instead of bottled water.
  • Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, Pa., gave each employee two recyclable grocery bags—one insulated—so they can forgo paper and plastic at the store.
  • Umpqua Bank in Roseburg, Ore., pays 100% of any employee’s mass-transit fees.
  • InterfaceFLOR in LaGrange, Ga., matches employee donations to nonprofit American Forests, which planted trees to offset the carbon dioxide emissions created by the organization’s commuters.

Contact: Cynthia Cobb, Companies That Care, at (847) 548-4548.

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