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Telecommuting to work

Good for the employee:

With technologies available now such as Skype, smart phones, and iPads, businesses are finding flextime and telecommuting to be a practical, and even wise, option for their employees. While typically such hours are offered to new moms and those commuting long distances, a Brigham Young University study of 24,436 IBM employees shows that employees given flextime and telecommuting options are actually significantly more productive than their office coworkers.

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Bike to work day

Not sure if biking to work is for you? Bike to Work Day, a nationwide event, is fun way to find out. Pat Turner, founder of Loudoun’s Bike to Work Day, describes the event as a festival with music, prizes, refreshments, and even free bicycle adjustments from local bike shops. The Loudoun County Department of Transportation says that Bike to Work Day “celebrates a clean, healthy, and fun way to get to work.”

Generally held from 6-9 am every third Friday in May, the event in recent years has had upwards of 600 participants in Loudoun, though numbers vary greatly depending upon weather.
The event is free and open to both new and experienced cyclists. With pit stops along the route, there are opportunities to break for water as well as talk with other cyclists about their experiences. Loudoun generally hosts pit stops in Sterling and Leesburg.

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Registration for the 2012 Green Business Challenge is Open!

Now that the awards have been given out, the 2011 Green Business Challenge has officially ended. So what does that mean? That it’s time to get ready for 2012, of course!

Registration is now open for the 2012 Challenge! To sign up, simply click this link or click on “Join In” at the top of the page. Creating your account will register you for the 2012 Challenge and also add you to our directory of green businesses in Loudoun County.

We’re working hard to make The Loudoun County Green Business Challenge bigger and better than ever, with a brand new scorecard (coming soon) and more opportunities for you to learn about sustainability and share your knowledge with others. We want your feedback, so please email us at greenbusiness@loudoun.gov with any questions or comments.

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Green Business is Good Business

The Green Business Challenge (GBC) is a friendly points-based competition that challenges your business to reach for more efficient and sustainable practices in their operations. Joining the Challenge can benefit our environment and local community, while helping you improve your bottom line.

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