From onsite fitness centers and healthy eating options to electric vehicle charging stations and incentives to go green, Massachusetts businesses are adding practical and sustainable perks that make it easy for employees to be green and align with corporate responsibility goals.
Earlier this year, Eversource rolled out its Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station initiative, and through its partnerships with more than 45 non-profits, municipalities, mid-size and large businesses, 166 EV stations (332 ports) have been installed. Several employers have been early adopters, and in addition to installing onsite EV charging stations, some have offered their employees financial incentives to support the switch to electric vehicles.
Headquartered in Hyannis, Cape Air now offers employees a $1,000 rebate towards the purchase of an EV. Additionally, employees who charge at work receive free charging until the end of 2020. “We feel that our Electric Vehicle Incentive Program is green in two ways: it is helping our employees in their pocketbooks, and it is good for all of us in terms of lowering carbon emissions,” said Cape Air Director of Sustainability Jim Wolf.
Since installing these charging stations in (July, 2019) and implementing the incentive program, employees at Cape Air with EVs have increased from zero to 9.
Mass Audubon and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are two more organizations that have witnessed similar trends after installing EV charging stations.
One program, multiple benefits
As part of the EV Charging Station Initiative, Eversource pays for up to 50-90 percent of the costs associated with installing EV Charging Stations -- an expense of thousands of dollars traditionally borne by the site owner. Here is a short video highlighting the EV initiative and site owners discussing the program and its benefits.