Building Greener Buildings

Many of our environmental efforts focus on Allstate’s buildings and grounds, including our Home Office in Northbrook, Illinois, which encompasses approximately 2.3 million square feet of building space.

Allstate is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and participates in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. We have three LEED® Accredited Professionals on staff.

To ensure the sustainability of our real estate, we focused in 2011 on ensuring that many major office renovations and most new construction projects are LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Some highlights from this year include:

  • New Idaho call center in Chubbuck-Pocatello achieved LEED Silver certification for the Core and Shell and LEED Gold certification (pending) for the Commercial Interiors.
  • Electric utility incentives and rebates in 2011 included $159,000 for energy-efficient lighting (Home Fffice $60,000 for demand response pilot program and $65,000 for energy-efficient equipment (Idaho).
  • Plans were drawn for external native landscape plantings planned for the Home Office campus in 2012.

Planned 2012 initiatives include: daytime cleaning; increased number and distribution of recycling containers; reusable containers replacing current to-go containers in cafeterias; and continued installation of water filtration bottle-refilling stations.

Sterling Autobody: Reducing Environmental Impact

Sterling Autobody Centers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allstate, operates 60 auto collision repair facilities in 16 states. Sterling’s operations are specifically mentioned in, and covered by, Allstate’s environmental policy. Sterling also has its own commitment to identifying and managing its environmental impacts and serving customers in ways that have a reduced impact on the environment.

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How Allstate Corporate Headquarters is Bringing it All Home

The best kind of challenge is one that opens the door to a new opportunity. That’s exactly what Allstate found when examining how to relocate employees from outlying offices in the northwest Chicago suburbs to its Home Office campus in Northbrook, Illinois. As part of a Chicago-area real estate consolidation plan that started in 2010 and accelerated in 2011, employees from Allstate’s South Barrington and Vernon Hills facilities were gradually relocated to the company’s Northbrook Home Office campus. At the same time, employees at the company’s leased facility in nearby Wheeling began relocating to the Home Office in phases, which will continue through mid-2013.

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