We recognize the significance of the environmental challenges facing our clients, employees, shareholders, and the communities we serve. We also acknowledge the responsibility to our clients, employees, and shareholders to better understand and reduce our environmental impact.
In the near term, we plan to assess the impact of our office and branch operations and fully understand the extent of our carbon emissions with the goal of establishing reduction targets and goals. We aim to achieve these targets by improving energy efficiency in our buildings, promoting employee ride-sharing, supplying additional Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations for our employees and clients, and further investing in remote conferencing technologies that reduce the demand for business travel.
Our efforts to reduce our environmental impact are yielding successful results. For example, simply by shredding, recycling, and facilitating paperless transactions, we have saved:
We also encourage conservation and recycling in the communities we serve by offering paperless statements and digital banking services to our clients.
In 2020, 42% of our clients opted out of receiving paper statements. Pacific Premier Bank also experienced significant growth in client digital engagement. Business and personal digital banking engagement grew 38% and 40%, respectively, compared to 2019.
An important part of our sustainability strategy includes certifying our working spaces to the highest environmental standards:
223,252 sq. ft. of the work space we occupy is LEED certified, and 82% of our buildings used LED lights in 2020.