At MassMutual, we are dedicated to being here for our policyowners and customers when they need us most — whether that’s today or 100 years from now. I’m proud to say we apply that same long-term perspective to our environmental stewardship.
At Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), we are dedicated to being here for our policy owners and customers when they need us most — whether that’s today or 100 years from now. I’m proud to say we apply that same long-term perspective to our environmental stewardship.
For a company in its 166th year, we have always taken a modern, progressive approach to reducing our environmental impact and preserving the Earth. Over the past decade, we have reduced our carbon footprint by a third, largely due to our sustainability program, which is focused on four key areas:
Energy efficiency. In addition to the 1,700 solar panels at our Springfield, MA, headquarters, which supply 50 percent of our hot water and a portion of our electricity, we have upgraded our data center to save 2.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. We have also installed high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems, saving 450,000 kWh annually.
Conservation. We use high-efficiency water fixtures and a rainwater capturing system for campus irrigation, which saves us 5 million gallons of water per year. We have also installed more than 60 free electric vehicle charging stations for employees and have potential space for 400.
Recycling. We have a robust recycling program that reduces our impact on landfills. This includes recycling more than 30 tons of paper and cardboard and more than 11 tons of computers, printers and other e-waste annually.
Community. Our sustainability efforts go beyond our campus to benefit our communities as well. Gardens run by employee volunteers on our campuses have contributed more than seven tons of produce over the last five years to local food banks. We also donate construction materials to repair and build homes in our communities.
As a result of our ongoing efforts, MassMutual recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) EB recertification — improving from Silver to Gold — at our headquarters. Given that our building was built in 1927, we take great pride in this achievement as we work to preserve its historical beauty while also making it a vibrant, modern and productive workplace. To help maintain that status, we use cutting-edge digital tools to constantly monitor our building’s efficiency and make real-time changes to ensure optimal performance.
Collectively, all of this supports MassMutual’s unwavering commitment to long-term sustainability. We’re proud to continue to do our share to help maintain and protect the Earth so that future generations can also cherish and enjoy its many wonders.