SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Renovate America has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection.
"The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it's all about fancy perks and benefits," says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. "But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what's most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it's going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn't have a shot at being named a Top Workplace."
The Top Workplaces awards are categorized by company size. Renovate America was named the number one workplace in the category of Top Midsize Companies (100 to 499 employees in the region).
"One of the reasons people like to work here, in addition to being well compensated, is they come in knowing their contribution is improving the communities in which they live," CEO J.P. McNeill commented in an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune. "People feel really good about what we're doing day in and day out."
Renovate America administers the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity [HERO] Program in California. HERO is enabled by Property Assessed Clean Energy [PACE] legislation.
PACE provides crucial new options to homeowners to choose more efficient improvements: PACE finances 100 percent of the home improvement, requiring no upfront cash outlay; the term of the financing is based on the useful life of the product, up to 20 years, lowering the size of monthly payments; and collection is conducted through regular property tax payments. The products installed must meet federal and state efficiency standards, enabling homeowners to lower monthly utility bills and help pay for the cost of the improvement over time.
"Whenever we interact with a homeowner, we have a direct impact on their financial health, and we have the opportunity to have a positive impact on every homeowner we serve," McNeill said.
PACE was also designed to help achieve public policy objectives. As of today, the $1 billion financed through HERO are projected to save $2 billion on energy bills, conserve 6.7 billion kWh of electricity, reduce emissions by 1.8 million tons (the of equivalent taking 347,000 SUVs off the road for a year), and save more than 2.1 billion gallons of water (the equivalent of 68 million showers). HERO has already created more than 8,400 jobs and generated a local economic impact of more than $1.7 billion.
About Renovate America
Renovate America is the fastest-growing provider of financing for energy and water efficiency home improvements in the U.S. The company's HERO Program provides local governments with a comprehensive residential PACE financing solution that also includes consumer protection, business automation software, workforce training and ongoing access to private capital. This unique public-private partnership offers consumers access to more than 50 categories of products that reduce energy and water consumption. Public recognition of HERO includes the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in California, the Urban Land Institute Best of the Best, and the Southern California Association of Governments President's Award for Excellence. Additional information can be found at www.renovateamerica.com and www.heroprogram.com.
About WorkplaceDynamics, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.
SOURCE Renovate America