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Over 400,000 Nashvillians commute to work every day…

and spend the majority of their waking hours there, according to  While individuals have the power to make changes necessary to conserve energy, we don’t always have a way to drive change at work.  Few businesses have policies about energy consumption in the office, and even seemingly small changes to business operations can take years to implement due to red tape and other organizational road blocks.

To encourage businesses to conserve energy, Mayor Karl Dean has laid fourth the Workplace Challenge, a proposal that asks businesses to “step up and show just how big an impact they can make on the livability of our city,” said Dean.  “I want us all to set the bar high, and I am looking forward to recognizing the organizations that take this challenge to show that they can move Nashville toward a greener, healthier and more involved future.”

The Workplace Challenge encompasses three major areas of sustainability:  community involvement, environmental stewardship and the promotion of physical health and well being.  Companies can be scored in each area on a bronze, silver, gold and platinum scale, giving companies the opportunity to focus their efforts on specific areas.

The most recent awards were given out in April 2013.  Winners include Wilmot, Inc. (top overall score), Fifth Third Bank, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation and Belmont University.  The next judging deadline is set for October 1.

Get more information about the mayor’s Workplace Challenge and to learn how to enter your business.