Green economic growth
LinkedIn's mission is to create economic growth for every member of the global workforce, and we recognize that climate change poses both a challenge to and an opportunity for achieving this. As the world transitions to cleaner sources of power, new jobs are becoming available and new skills are in demand. Through insights into job and skill trends, as well as a growing number of courses on our LinkedIn Learning library, we seek to empower our members to be prepared for this career transition as well as to the benefit the planet.
100% renewable energy
We are committed to powering all of our operations efficiently with electricity from renewable sources. As of 2018, 80% of our office footprint is powered by wind and solar power, including partnerships with local utilities and power providers. We are driving efficiency innovations across our portfolio, spearheaded by our award-winning building in the South Bay, which was designed to be Net Zero Energy. As we expand our presence worldwide, our goal is to scale and operate the most reliable, innovative, efficient and sustainable data centers in the world. In our award-winning data center in Oregon, we leverage outdoor air for cooling for up to 300 days of the year and plentiful hydropwer produces sources for low carbon energy.
Carbon reduction and neutrality
We track the carbon emissions from our global operations, including offices, data centers, employee air travel, and commuting, and report with our parent company, Microsoft, through the Carbon Disclosure Project. Together, we have committed to the audacious goal of reducing our global carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 based on our 2013 baseline. Additionally, we invest in high quality carbon offsets for the Scope 1, 2, and air travel emissions that we do produce. These offsets fund critical work in forest preservation, clean water, and solar water heaters across the globe.
Path to zero waste
At our workplaces, the collective impact of our employee activity adds up, so we are addressing this through resource conservation.
Green buildings: Over 60% of our office footprint has green building certifications. Through these programs, we reduce our waste in construction, demolition, and operations.
Office waste: We measure our waste generation in our offices across the globe, and through education and outreach, we are targeting and tracking improvements in our recycling and composting rates.
Water: We track our water footprint and take action to conserve this precious resource by sourcing reclaimed water at some of our largest sites. Since 2015, we have also educated our employees on water conservation opportunities through food choice in our California workplaces.
At LinkedIn, talent is our number one priority, and our employees play a critical role in our sustainability program. More than one thousand employees representing every LinkedIn office around the globe have joined our Go Green employee groups for environmental sustainability action. These groups host events and drive awareness across our global offices.
Employees also contribute through our commuting initiatives. Currently 70% of our global employees choose an alternative form of transportation to get to the office, including walking, biking, carpooling, public transit, and shuttles. Our Bay Area locations have been recognized as a Best Workplace for Commuters.