ST. PAUL, Minn., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As businesses race to retrofit their buildings, streamline waste policies, and purchase more and more recycling bins, some companies have already targeted a free and easy way to be more environmentally conscious: bicycling.
This Earth Day, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the Patagonia St. Paul store with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for leading America toward a greener future.
With the announcement of 63 new BFBs today in 44 states and Washington, D.C., Patagonia St. Paul joins a visionary group of more than 500 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.
"More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees – and it's moving America toward a more sustainable future."
St Paul Patagonia encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as: on site shower for employees, a safe place to store employee and customer bikes, water bottle refills, tire pump, and small on site tool kit and incentives such as a reimbursement program for car pool or alternative transportation commuting for employees.
"We are healthier and happier when we get to spend the first and last hours of our day outside enjoying our community," states store manager, Ellen Grady.
Moving forward, Patagonia St. Paul will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: reduced carbon foot print, fewer cars in the neighborhood, healthier employees, increased self-confidence, we are taking real action to help make a difference in the health of our community, our Cities, and our planet.
To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses.
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
Patagonia, Inc., based in Ventura, California, is a leading designer of core outdoor, snow, surf and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories. The company is noted internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $49M in cash and in-kind donations to date. Incorporating environmental responsibility into product development, the company has, since 1996, used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line. Committed to making its products landfill-free, the company's entire product line is recyclable through its Common Threads Initiative. The company also advocates corporate transparency through its interactive website, The Footprint Chronicles, which outlines the environmental and social footprint of individual products.
For more information, visit Patagonia St. Paul
SOURCE Patagonia, Inc.