LEEDing the path to a more sustainable future.
Practicing sustainability from the inside out.
When ground broke on Assurity Center in 2009, we not only wanted to provide a first-class working environment for our associates. We also wanted to minimize our impact on the environment as a whole.
From the start, our home was designed with LEED Gold certification in mind. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at the beginning of the millennium, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system provides a framework for implementing practical, measurable building design, construction, operations and maintenance.
In April 2013, Assurity Center was awarded LEED Gold certification – the first large office building in Lincoln to earn that status.
The features of our building, combined with other sustainable business practices, have allowed us to cut our energy consumption by more than 50% in the past decade – and cut costs, too, which in turn create savings we pass along to our policyholders.
Below are just a few of the many ways we practice sustainability at Assurity Center:
- The very building itself is positioned to take advantage of natural sunlight: More than 80% of our office spaces receive sufficient daylight to work free of other lighting. Occupancy sensors, timed lighting and LED technology also reduce our energy consumption.
- Living roofs on the north and south sides of the building provide natural insulation and are designed to last longer than their manmade counterparts. It’s also home to native flora and fauna.
- Our landscaping incudes bioswales – rain gardens – that allow rainwater to infiltrate the subsoil. Only native and naturalized plant species, including a drought-tolerant fescue grass, grow from our property.
- The building’s interior materials were chosen based on their performance characteristics, including GREENGUARD and Cradle to Cradle certifications.
In a changing world, sustainability isn’t just good for business – it’s simply the right thing to do. And as long as we keep setting our goals high, we can keep building toward a more sustainable future.