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Green Programs Growing in the Workplace

April 22, 2010

Here’s some stats to support what we already know – going green in the workplace can lead to more green in the bank.

According to a new survey by Buck Consultants, a firm specializing in human resources and benefits consulting, the number of U.S. employers with formal green workplace programs increased significantly last year with two-thirds of organizations reporting cost savings from reduced use of paper and electricity.

Buck’s second annual “Greening of the American Workplace” survey showed that 53 percent of employers have green programs in place, an increase from 43 percent last year. Ninety-five percent have a recycling and paper reduction program in place, 85 percent of the organizations surveyed use web and/or teleconferencing, 80 percent offer healthy living and wellness programs, 57 percent offer telecommuting options and 52 percent provide a rideshare program.

Not surprisingly, one critical factor for success in these programs is buy-in from top leadership. The survey found that 80 percent of employers with green programs include the chief executive in development and communications while 86 percent of respondents appointed a dedicated leader for green efforts.

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