Lynden was founded on principles of integrity and quality. Our environmental commitment is based on a common-sense desire to be efficient and to do things right. Our culture of innovation and efficiency is completely in harmony with our commitment to protect the environment. Lynden's people, equipment, processes and technology are focused on the efficient use of resources and sustainable operations.
Our new facilities are designed to be energy efficient and we have upgraded lighting and heating systems in a number of our oldest facilities. More energy audits and upgrades are currently in progress. These energy efficiency initiatives save energy and money and improve the comfort and lighting conditions of our facilities.
Computer power saving software that automatically puts computers to "sleep" when not in use has reduced our PC energy costs by 20%.
Paperless processes such as EZ Commerce allow Lynden's customers to track shipments, pay bills, and receive invoices electronically, saving paper, postage, time and money.
Onboard truck computers and mobile communications devices expand the use of paperless information processes.
A single consolidated invoice has replaced multiple invoices dramatically reducing paperwork and paper use.
The Lynden Ink newsletter is now sent electronically to all employees who have computers, reducing paper use by 70 percent.
IPAY, a new feature within the payroll system has been implemented that will allow employees to receive paperless direct deposit.
Manuals and files that do not require paper copies are increasingly being stored electronically saving paper and filing space in the office.
Cardboard, plastic wrap, and even old mud flaps are used where practical as packing material.
Ceramic coffee mugs in the office have cut down paper cup usage by 90%.
We recycle at all of the Lynden locations. At a minimum this means items that are accepted locally, but in many cases we backhaul items from locations where recycling is limited to recycling centers. For example, we backhaul tires via barge from Anchorage to Seattle where they can be recycled. Similarly, we backhaul and cardboard and plastic wrap from Cordova to Seattle and paper and other recyclables from Prudhoe Bay to Anchorage.
Often transportation is the limiting factor in making local recycling programs economically possible. The Lynden companies support local recycling efforts in Alaska by working with local groups and communities. Together we help move paper from Anchorage to Seattle, cardboard and fishing nets from Cordova to Seattle, and aluminum cans from Alaska's village communities to Anchorage for recycling.
We recognize that the most innovative and practical changes come from the Lynden employees themselves. We encourage participation in our Green Initiatives through our Cross Company Green Team and periodic employee surveys that ask for ideas and suggestions to make Lynden more Lean and Green.
We created an internal Green website with tips and resources for employees at work and at home. We also introduced monthly Green Tips into our employee newsletter.
Our Summer Green and Fit Challenge rewards employees for using alternative transportation in their work commute. In 2010 participants traveled over 52,000 miles foot, bicycle, carpooling, and using mass transit. We are set to nearly double that in 2011.