Electric Vehicle Charging Partnership Signals a Continued Commitment by lynda.com Toward Sustainability
May 6, 2013 – CARPINTERIA, Calif – lynda.com, an online learning company, announced today that it has become a Partner in the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, which aims to increase the number of American employers offering workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by tenfold in the next five years. The goal of the project is to encourage sustainability efforts among businesses, and to fill a gap in America’s PEV charging infrastructure, increasing consumer exposure and access to PEV charging opportunities.
“lynda.com is committed to improving its sustainability and setting an example in the community,” said Jacqueline Burge, senior director of facilities at lynda.com. “As a producer of online training videos, our greatest opportunity to reduce our environmental impact is in the daily activities of our employees. We are pleased to provide electric vehicle charging as an additional benefit to them.”
lynda.com has joined several major companies in the Workplace Charging Challenge. Current Partners include 3M, Bloomberg LP, Chrysler Group, the City of Sacramento, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, Eli Lilly and Company, Facebook, Ford, GE, GM, Google, The Hertz Corporation, Nissan, NRG Energy, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Raytheon Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, Southern California Edison, Tesla and Verizon.
The Workplace Charging Challenge asks its Partners to commit to assessing employee demand for PEV charging at the workplace, and developing and executing a plan to provide PEV charging access for employees. lynda.com has already completed its installation of a Juice Bar electric vehicle charging station. It has also produced a promotional video in which employees talk about the benefits of commuting to work in a PEV and knowing the car will be charged before their commute home.
The installation of its charging station is the latest initiative in the lynda.com transportation program, which provides incentives for employees to carpool, use public transportation and ride bicycles to work. The company has also taken steps to reduce energy and water usage, and reduce solid waste by composting food scraps and donating electronics. It earned Green Business certification from the Green Business Program (GBP) of Santa Barbara County in July 2012, and received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Office Award for the Central Coast Chapter (Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties) in December 2012.