Let’s Hear It for the General Public!
/ June 29, 2012 0 COMMENTS

In case you did not notice, we are all trying to do our part. Two recent surveys suggest that the vast majority of Americans are making an effort to save energy and reduce their emissions. In a national survey by the Energy Center of Wisconsin, 73% of respondents said that they had done something in…

Sustainability as a Bonus Offer
/ June 21, 2012 0 COMMENTS

A Vermont company—AllEarth Renewables—found a unique way to motivate its employees to reduce their energy usage. Historically, the firm offered employees incentives for reducing their driving and household energy usage.  Now, as an alternative, they give each employee a $6,000 annual allowance for energy and the employee gets a cash bonus based on whatever portion…

Excuses, Excuses
/ June 15, 2012 0 COMMENTS

The new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on energy issues, funded by the Joyce Foundation, indicates Americans are skeptical about the impacts of small actions (like turning off lights) and, at the same time, the majority of respondents say it is too difficult to make the changes that they identify as more…

It’s About Playing the Game, Not the Prizes
/ June 7, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Since Cool Choices gives corporate employees opportunities to win by being more sustainable, we are always interested in other workplace gamification efforts.   A recent piece about games as part of wellness programs caught our attention.  The article showcased several models and talked about how organizers used prizes to generate interest and participation. In the end,…