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Employers Offering Incentives For Employees to Live Greener

Employers Offering Green Benefits

Do you want to live greener but can't afford it? Some environmentally conscious employers have begun offering their employees lucrative benefits to help them live greener lives. These incentives include cash bonuses for trading in your vehicle for a more fuel efficient car, and even more cash if you spring for a hybrid — there are even cash rewards for car-pooling most days a week and some make energy-efficient light bulbs available at a discounted price. The monetary assistance that some companies give for buying a more environmentally friendly car is especially attractive because it allows employees to make a change that they may not have otherwise afforded.


Clif Bar & Co. located in Berkeley, CA is one company that has developed several green incentives for its 212 employees. They include giving points for green habits like finding alternatives to driving alone to work, and the points can be exchanged for cash or gift certificates to Whole Foods Market and free massages. The company even offers forgivable loans up to $5,000 for buying fuel-efficient cars — a certain amount is forgiven each year, and the $5,000 is completely forgiven if they stay with the company for five years.

Would incentives like these make a company more attractive to you as a job-seeker?

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