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Mayor Unveils ‘Workplace Challenge’

3/22/2012

Initiative Recognizes Companies for Being Green, Healthy and Involved

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean today visited two local businesses to unveil the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge, a new city initiative to recognize and encourage places of work in three areas that contribute to a high quality of life: being green, healthy and involved in the community. It is the first citywide challenge of its kind in the nation.

Starting today, businesses and organizations can go to www.mayorsworkplacechallenge.com to sign up for the challenge. An online scorecard includes questions about workplace policies and practices as it relates to being green, healthy and promoting volunteerism. Based on a 100-point scale, organizations can achieve bronze, silver or gold status and can continually update their scorecards over the next 12 months to improve their scores. Participating organizations will be recognized by Mayor Dean during a ceremony in March, 2013 and will be able to publicly display the designation they achieve.

“Through the Workplace Challenge, I am asking businesses and organizations throughout Nashville to step up and show just how big an impact they can make on the livability of our city,” Dean said. “This initiative builds on our efforts to promote environmental practices, volunteerism and healthy living in our city by focusing in on our workplaces, which are critical in shaping how we live and the impact we have on our community.”
 
The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge builds on the momentum of other Dean initiatives to improve the quality of life in Nashville, including health challenges like Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor and the Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run; the Nashville Open Space Plan and Nashville Energy Works energy-saving initiative; his Impact Nashville program to increase civic engagement and Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, which recognizes nonprofits for high-quality volunteer management.

Earlier today, Dean visited LetterLogic, a company that illustrates the green and involved aspects of the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge. The printing company promotes volunteerism among its employees with a flexible volunteer policy to allow workers to volunteer during the work week, by co-sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity building project last year and other volunteer programs.

LetterLogic also has demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental practices through its recycling program, which handles approximately four tons of paper and cardboard each month. The company reimburses employees for biking, walking or car/vanpooling to work, uses reusable dishes instead of Styrofoam in its break room and issues work badges that also function as bus passes so workers can easily ride Metro Transit Authority buses, with the company covering the cost. The company also sources its paper stocks from sustainably-managed forests and conducts periodic energy audits to reduce consumption.

Dean also stopped by Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., a downtown engineering and architecture firm that encourages a healthy workplace through company boot camp classes, healthy eating programs and participation in community activities like the Nashville Dragon Boat Festival and community walks and races.

Both LetterLogic and Barge Waggoner plan to participate in the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge.