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NEEA Recognized for Workplace and Flexibility Best Practices

Named as one of the 100 Best non-profits to work for in Oregon; honored with 2012 Sloan
Award for Workplace Effectiveness

Portland, Ore. – The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is pleased to announce that it has won two awards this week for its workplace and flexibility practices.

NEEA ranked number nineteen on this year’s top hundred nonprofits to work for in a ranking by Oregon Business, and is also a winner of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. This prestigious award recognizes NEEA for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

“We are honored and humbled to be in the company of the best nonprofits to work for in Oregon and the country,” said Susan E. Stratton, NEEA’s Executive Director. “Simply put, creating a great workplace attracts great employees, which supports our mission to accelerate energy efficiency in the Northwest.”

NEEA’s workplace practices include offering the option of a flexible schedule, dedicating professional development funds to each employee, and encouraging volunteer and community involvement.  NEEA is headquartered in a LEED Platinum CI rated, high-performance office that uses 53% less energy than required by Oregon code. The space also employs water-efficiency measures and daylighting and lighting controls that increase the comfort and productivity for its employees.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. The judges measure all applicants against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

“As a recipient of the 2012 Sloan Award, NEEA ranks in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute. “In addition, what makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace.”

NEEA was also recently recognized with a BEST Awards for Sustainability as well as a Silver Certification from Sustainability at Work, a partnership of the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Water Bureau, Bureau of Transportation, and the Bureau of Environmental Services; as well as Metro, Pacific Power, and Energy Trust of Oregon.

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About the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is a non-profit organization working to accelerate energy efficiency to meet our future energy needs. NEEA is supported by and works in collaboration with the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities on behalf of more than 12 million energy consumers. NEEA uses the market power of the region to accelerate the innovation and adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to power almost 600,000 homes each year. Energy efficiency can satisfy more than half of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. www.neea.org