I often get emails from readers of this blog asking what kinds of things they can do to make their business more eco-friendly, so when I found out about SunRidge Farms‘ bike-to-work program for employees I knew that I had to share it with all of you.
I love it when I find out wonderful things that green companies do to help out the environment. It may be a feel good story or it might just be an idea that you can use for your company in helping it turn green. I recently corresponded with a team member from SunRidge Farms, a grower of organic and natural foods, and what I found out was simple but it spoke volumes about the company and its commitment to environmental issues. The bike-to-work program pays employees $5.00 per day to ride to and from work. They say that some employees make as much as $100.00 per month.
This just proves that the simplest of ideas, just a little bit of imagination, can produce amazing things. I salute SunRidge Farms and their commitment to the environment. I hope that small and large businesses out there can take SunRidge Farms’ idea and perhaps implement it in their company, or a variation of it. If it makes sense for your company, try doing something similar, or take SunRidge farm’s idea and add to it.
Paying employees may not be possible if you have a small business, but there must be others ways to make a difference. If you are serious about making your company greener, no matter its size, why not have a round-table discussion and brainstorm how you can ‘green’ your business. If your company does not have a recycling program, that is a good place to start. If your business receives or makes deliveries it makes sense to institute a policy where all delivery drivers are allowed to idle their vehicles for no more than 2 or 3 minutes before having to shut the engine off.
Let SunRidge Farms’ bike-to-work program inspire you. Small changes can lead to greater ideas and perhaps your business can come up with a simple yet important idea to make it a greener company. You may even want to share your ideas with our readers by leaving a comment below. Simple ideas and positive changes is where green business begins.
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