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LPL Earns Award for Encouraging Eco-Friendly Commuting Choices

December 11, 2017

LPL Financial

The San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) recently recognized LPL Financial for encouraging employees to choose a commute that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. LPL was one of 67 regional employers recognized by SANDAG, and one of only 16 to achieve the award’s silver status. LPL partnered with SANDAG’s iCommute program in 2016 to identify, provide and promote eco-friendly commuting options for the more than 1,730 individuals working in LPL’s San Diego office.

“We’re grateful to be recognized for our efforts by SANDAG, and proud of our employees for exploring their transportation options and considering whether to carpool, bike, or take public transportation to work,” said Sara Nomellini, LPL senior vice president, Corporate Real Estate. “At LPL, we strive to champion a culture of sustainability and protect our natural resources.”

LPL has promoted eco-friendly commuting efforts since 2008, when summer gas prices hovered around $4 a gallon. In addition to creating carpool notifications for interested employees, LPL installed employee bike racks and electrical vehicle charging stations, created designated parking spaces for employees who commute on motorcycles, and encouraged employees to consider their public transport options.

Employees making a difference

“LPL makes biking to work simpler and more enjoyable,” said Michele Comarsh-Hein, LPL vice president. “People are surprised that I bike to work, but I really enjoy it.” Having a safe place for bike storage and a locker room to get ready for the day make the choice an easy one, she said, adding, “Quite often it’s faster to bike than drive.”  

Brian Holly, an analyst in LPL’s financial crimes compliance department, uses public transportation. “It saves me money, it’s safe and convenient, and it reduces my carbon footprint,” Holly said. “It’s incumbent on all of us to do our part, no matter how small we think our contribution is. The small efforts of many add up.”

“It makes me feel good knowing that LPL is a socially responsible company that wants to help employees make healthy and eco-friendly decisions,” Comarsh-Hein said. Holly agreed: “It’s encouraging to know that LPL is taking a leading role in environmental and sustainability efforts.”

Find out more about LPL’s culture of sustainability here.

LPL Financial and SANDAG are separate entities.