Moving to a virtual office setting is a tangible way that Fresh Energy can help our community, state, and country respond to COVID-19.
Fresh Energy staff have transitioned to remote work settings and a mandatory organization-wide remote work policy went into effect on Tuesday, March 17. While our physical office is closed, Fresh Energy as an organization is not. We will be continuing our work as usual; it just won’t be happening at our downtown Saint Paul office. Our programs, projects, and advocacy for a clean energy economy in Minnesota will continue to move forward.
In addition, Fresh Energy meetings and events will transition to virtual platforms through April as we strive to put the safety of the community first.
Fresh Energy’s leadership is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to re-evaluate and update the organization’s contingency plan to ensure it fits the needs of our staff and partners.
We realize that remote work is not an option for many Minnesotans who do not have access to paid sick leave through their employer, affordable health care, and affordable child care. As part of our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we also recognize the resources required to implement this policy, and that we are exercising a privilege that many others do not have. Although Fresh Energy staff will be away from our office for the time being, we will continue to do our part to address systemic inequities in the arenas where we work and create an energy future that works for all.