Fresh Energy’s organizational culture supports innovation and collaboration while respecting and valuing the individuality of all staff members, consultants, and collaborators. As an organization, we laugh often and celebrate our accomplishments small and large. In fact, a portion of our weekly all-staff meeting is dedicated to sharing unscripted recognition of team member achievements.
Fresh Energy is also dynamic, welcoming growth and evolution as our team expands. While there are many different personal interests and identities represented at Fresh Energy, we’re all constantly working together toward the same goal: a clean energy future where all Minnesotans can thrive.
Full-time Fresh Energy staff receive 24 days of PTO (increases each year of employment), 14 paid holidays, and a flexible, schedule that favors work-life balance; plus summer Fridays when the office closes at noon. Fresh Energy also provides medical and dental plans, additional voluntary vision, short- and long-term disability, life, AD&D insurance, paid parental leave, and 5 percent of annual salary contribution to 403(b) retirement plan after your first year. In addition, we incentivize transit, biking, and walking, offering a dollar-for-dollar bus pass match, a free annual NiceRide! subscription, $1 for each trip to and from work by biking, rolling, or walking, and an indoor bike storage area and showers.
The DEI Committee is dedicated to advancing Fresh Energy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within and outside of the organization. All staff are welcome to participate, and for those who aren’t members of the committee, we have a DEI Buddy system to keep everyone involved in our activities. The committee meets regularly to discuss and work on projects in furtherance of our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Examples of work spearheaded by the DEI Committee include our organizational use of pronouns, developing an internal staff demographics survey, and committing to an Equity Strategic Action Plan to review our own policies and practices.
The Wellness Committee is dedicated to planning, promoting, and implementing inclusive opportunities for Fresh Energy staff to improve awareness of and boost overall well-being. We understand that wellness is not a one-size fits all approach – that’s why we’re committed to building a workplace culture at Fresh Energy that is supportive and inclusive of living a happier, healthier, and meaningful life style for all. Whether it be improving or expanding physical and mental health, maintaining a positive balance between work and personal lives, or strengthening the connections between staff and the larger community – the Wellness Committee is here to shape and drive opportunities that facilitate staff’s growth and expansion as human beings.
Women, Trans, Femme (WTF) Group
The Women, Trans, Femme (WTF) Group provides a space for Fresh Energy staff to learn, discuss, and elevate issues of gender equity through an intersectional lens, especially as they relate to the workplace, climate, and energy. Started in 2020, the group meets monthly and is open to all Fresh Energy staff. Through internal engagement, the WTF Group aims to create a more inclusive and supportive work environment for employees of all genders.