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By Starshine Roshell | Friday, July 13, 2012

lynda.com receives Green Business certification

lynda.com recently earned Green Business certification from the Green Business Program (GBP) of Santa Barbara County. The largest company ever to be certified by the program, we’ve taken critical steps to reduce the environmental impact of our Carpinteria campus. Some of our efforts include:

  • • Reduced energy use through window glazing, motion-sensor lights, on-demand water heaters, and office equipment that is programmed to shut off during inactivity.
  • • Reduced water usage. Outside, the company saves an estimated 1 million gallons of water per year with sensors that regulate the sprinkler system based on weather. Inside, low-flow fixtures and dual-flush toilets save an estimated 2,000 gallons per month.
  • • Reduced solid waste. In addition to providing reusable dishes for lunch, and compostable and recycled paper cups in place of polystyrene coffee cups, a food-scrap composting program in the lynda.com cafeteria diverts an estimated 60 gallons of food scraps from landfills each month. lynda.com also uses 100 percent recycled copy paper, encourages double-sided printing, has donated more than 7,500 pounds of office equipment and fixtures to Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County, and has recycled more than 4,000 pounds of e-waste.
  • • The instatement of an employee commuter program that includes more than 100 participants (45 percent of on-site employees). In just two months, the commuter programs collectively saved almost 600 gallons of gas and reduced emissions by more than 11,500 pounds.

“As we continue to grow, lynda.com is committed to improving its sustainability and setting an example in the community,” says Jacqueline Burge, director of facilities at lynda.com. “Our campus is in such a beautiful setting, and as a company we are striving for continuous improvement in our impact on the environment.”

The GBP of Santa Barbara County aims to recognize, through certification, local businesses that go beyond required measures to serve as models of sustainable business. Earning a certificate from the program means that a company has made a commitment to the community to go above and beyond typical green measures and stand on the cutting edge of sustainable business practice.

“We are proud to have lynda.com join the ranks of our certified green businesses in Santa Barbara County,” said Frances Gilliland, program director at the GBP. “Environmental sustainability is so obviously an important part of the corporate culture at lynda.com. Management and staff have undertaken significant efforts at their facilities, particularly in the areas of ridesharing and water conservation. We look forward to working with them well into the future, and look to them as both an example and resource for other local businesses working with the Green Business Program.”

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