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News / Microgrid Energy Named a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business

In 2014, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Microgrid Energy with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, joining more than 800 visionary businesses from across the country.

With the announcement of 150 new and renewing BFBs today in 39 states and Washington, D.C., Microgrid Energy joins a cutting-edge group of more than 800 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace. With the Announcement Microgrid Energy becomes one of only 9 business in St. Louis to receive recognition from The League, and one of only 19 Bicycling Friendly Business’s recognized in the state of Missouri.

“Visionary business leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of businesses for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their employees.”

By being a Bicycling Friendly Business Microgrid Energy has equipped its employee’s with tools to be the environmental impact in their travel, which they seek in their work. “Being a Bicycling Friendly Business is just one facet in our efforts to be environmental stewards, and as a B-Corp Microgrid has an entire committee dedicated to measuring and improving the metrics associated with our businesses’ impact,” said Taylor March director of Alternative Transportation Efforts at Microgrid. Microgrid Energy encourages bicycling as an easy alternative for transportation and provides amenities such as indoor bike parking and incentives such as free transit passes.

Gordon Schweitzer, Director of Energy Efficiency, on Microgrid Energy’s biking culture “”With multiple bicyclists in the office, indoor bike racks, and paid Metro passes, employees are sincerely encouraged to use low carbon options for travel. This company culture certainly attracted me to Microgrid where I can feel comfortable expressing my green values.”

Moving forward, Microgrid Energy will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen. “We have become an attractive business for millennials, have retained the young talented workforce we have, decreased our carbon foot print, reduced heath care costs, connected to our community, and created a fun and healthy work culture,” said Taylor March.

What Microgrid Energy Offers

“Microgrid Energy provides alternative commuting benefits to our employees because of our commitment to be environmental stewards. As a certified B-Corporation we strive to balance People, Planet, and Profit. Viewing each one of these as worthy ends in and of themselves. With our Transportation Policies we look specifically to address the Planet and People aspects of our companies impact. We believe that empowering transportation options creates a healthier and more sustainable workplace. Microgrid is committed to maintaining offices in urban settings to enable employees to walk, bike, take the bus, or use light rail to get to work. In addition our location places us nearby restaurants for lunch to minimize the need to drive. By providing our employees with transportation options and incentives, we have created a work environment that is healthy, more environmentally sustainable, and fun.”

“With multiple bicyclists in the office, indoor bike racks, and paid Metro passes, employees are sincerely encouraged to use low carbon options for travel. This company culture certainly attracted me to Microgrid where I can feel comfortable expressing my green values.”

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/content/businesses.

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