Lexmark recognizes that fuel used in our employees’ daily commute generates greenhouse gas emissions and therefore offers the following programs and/or benefits to help encourage environmentally-preferable commuting:
- Lexmark’s Competence Center in Budapest has bike racks and showers for employees who pedal to work, and offers discounted monthly or yearly fares to those who prefer public transportation.
- Lexmark’s headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, has secure bike storage and showers, as well as a public bus stop located in the parking lot.
Four electric car charging stations are in use at the Lexington campus and three stations at the Lenexa campus. Each station is equipped with two charging points for registered employees and clients to use free of charge.
- Lexmark’s U.S. benefits package includes WageWorks, which allows commuters taking public transportation to deduct their public transit and parking expenses as pretax funds, which can save employees between 25 and 40 percent. Lexmark’s health and wellness program “Live Well” also promoted alternative commuting through their Carless Commute challenge.
- Lexmark work-at-home programs are aimed at not only reducing the amount of miles commuted, but also providing work-life balance for our employees.
Lexmark employees often take the lead in helping promote environmentally-preferable commuting. Lexmark employees at several locations participate in carpools. For locations where public or community programs are available, employees often take part, such as the Kansas City RideShare program operated by Mid-America Regional Council.
After seeing billboards advertising South Florida Vanpools, a publicly funded program started in 1998 by the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, employees in Coral Gables, Florida, organized a meeting to start a vanpool. Two vanpools (or “guaguas” as the participants refer to them) are currently operating for commute to the Coral Gables office from Broward County. Together the vanpools save over 500 miles per day, eliminating an estimated 45.8 metric tons of C02 annually1. In addition, employees expressed that the vanpools offer other benefits, such as adherence to a schedule which promotes good work-life balance and the opportunity for members to keep up-to-date on strategies, projects and personal interests in a fun and relaxed environment.