lynda.com Receives Green Business Certification
Largest company to be certified in Santa Barbara CountyJuly 11, 2012 – CARPINTERIA, Calif. – Award-winning online learning company lynda.com has earned Green Business certification from the Green Business Program (GBP) of Santa Barbara County. The largest company ever to be certified by the program, lynda.com has taken critical steps to reduce the impact of its more than 75,000 square feet of occupied office space in Carpinteria:
• reduced energy and water usage
• reduced solid waste, from composting food scraps to donating electronics
• launched an employee commuter program that saved 600 gallons of gas in its first two months
Committed to green building and operations since moving to Carpinteria in 2009, lynda.com, is dedicated to education—both by helping people learn software, creative, and business skills on its web site, and by serving as an environmentally conscious role model for other businesses.
“As we continue to grow, lynda.com is committed to improving its sustainability and setting an example in the community,” said 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.”
lynda.com has reduced energy use on its campus through window glazing, motion-sensor lights, and on-demand water heaters. Office equipment is programmed to shut off during inactivity. The company saves an estimated 1 million gallons of water per year with sensors that regulate the sprinkler system based on weather. Low-flow fixtures and dual-flush toilets save an estimated 2,000 gallons per month.
The company recently launched a program to encourage alternative transportation. There are already more than 100 participants (45 percent of on-site employees), who’ve collectively saved almost 600 gallons of gas and reduced emissions by more than 11,500 pounds in just two months.
To reduce solid waste, lynda.com created a food-scrap composting program in its cafeteria, the Pixel Café. The program diverts an estimated 60 gallons of food scraps from landfills each month. lynda.com provides reusable dishes for lunch, and replaced polystyrene coffee cups with compostable and recycled paper cups. The company also 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. It uses 100 percent recycled copy paper, and encourages double-sided printing.