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Mayor Recognizes 170 Companies for Participation in ‘Workplace Challenge’


Challenge Recognizes Companies for Being Green, Healthy and Involved in Community

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today recognized all 170 companies that participated this past year in the inaugural Mayor’s Workplace Challenge, including many of the city’s largest employers and 18 Metro departments. Participating workplaces represent 75,000 employees in Nashville.

The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge encourages and recognizes places of work to excel in three areas that contribute to a high quality of life: being green, healthy and involved in the community. It is the first three-tiered challenge of its kind in the country, and other cities are looking to it as a model for similar programs in their own communities.

“I applaud the success of these workplaces in being environmentally friendly, promoting healthy choices among its employees and encouraging a culture of service through volunteerism,” Mayor Dean said. “These companies are making their workplaces better for their employees, their clients and our community.”

Nearly all the participating workplaces were honored with either a gold, silver or bronze seal of recognition for their success in one or more of the three categories this past year. For a complete list of the gold, silver and bronze-level workplaces, go to

Additionally, Mayor Dean recognized the following workplaces:

Innovation Award:
Green: LetterLogic
Health: Tie – Healthways and HCA Healthcare
Involved: Tie – Belmont University and Baker Donelson

Most Improved Award:
Green: Deloitte
Health: Tuck-Hinton Architects
Involved: Hands On Nashville

Highest Score Award:
Green: Caterpillar Financial
Health: Belmont University
Involved: Fifth Third Bank
Top score in all three categories: Wilmot Inc.

The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge is an ongoing campaign. Workplaces that did not participate this past year can sign up at, and participating workplaces can continue to update their scorecards to achieve a higher recognition level. Additionally, Mayor Dean announced today that a new platinum level has been added to recognize organizations that achieve an even higher level of engagement in being green, healthy and involved workplaces.

The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge builds on the momentum of other city initiatives to improve the quality of life in Nashville, including health challenges like Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor, the Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ Fun Run and Mayor’s Field Day; green efforts such as the Nashville Open Space Plan and Nashville Energy Works energy-saving initiative; and community engagement through the Cities of Service Impact Nashville program to increase volunteerism and Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, which recognizes nonprofits for high-quality volunteer management.

Awards were handed out this morning at the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge Awards Ceremony held at the Lipscomb Allen Arena. The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge is presented by the Nashville Business Journal. Community sponsors include Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Saint Thomas Health, Whole Foods Market, Lipscomb University, Cushman & Wakefield, Gresham Smith and Partners and LetterLogic.