Safe and Green™
State Farm® is committed to helping build safer and greener communities. As the largest insurer of homes in the U.S., State Farm protects against loss from natural and man-made causes of property damage. We are involved in several efforts to help our customers reduce or prevent these losses and have initiated efforts focused on Safe and Green™ issues. And, State Farm has long reduced its own impact on the environment.
What are we doing about it?
We are working with organizations all across the country – organizations like the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Protecting America – to help protect our customers from the human injuries, property destruction and financial impact that can result from natural disasters.
We must make sure the homes built and repaired today are better able to withstand the forces of nature. And when homes withstand destruction from such forces, less waste and debris goes to landfills.
State Farm provides a premium discount in many locations for the use of impact-resistant roofing. Due to their ability to better withstand storm damage, use of these roofing materials can result in fewer claims repairs, which can mean less roofing waste going into landfills.
State Farm® is the national underwriter of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs. All Habitat affiliates including its youth programs are encouraged to use best-practice construction methods from Habitat’s Environmental Initiative so that partner families may enjoy healthier, more energy-efficient and durable housing at the lowest possible cost.
In 2007, Clemson University was named Campus Chapter of the year by Habitat for Humanity International and received a $20,000 grant from State Farm, in part due to the green building practices they incorporated. In 2010, State Farm, in collaboration with Habitat and IBHS, will pilot several homes built to fortified (safe) and environmental (green) standards.
Each year, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) awards $5 million for large-scale, student-driven service-learning projects that address pressing social issues. In 2009, the YAB funded more than $1.6 million for activities supporting environmental responsibility, nearly $300,000 for driver’s safety, and more than $460,000 for disaster preparedness.
In addition, we believe that being environmentally responsible makes good business sense, and we have long engaged in a variety of internal efforts to reduce our use of energy and other materials, recycle, and focus on renewable resources. We endorse the Business Roundtable Climate RESOLVE (Responsible Environmental Steps, Opportunities to Lead by Voluntary Efforts) initiative that seeks to have every company in every economic sector undertake voluntary actions to reduce the emission intensity of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) by 18 percent between 2002 and 2012.
By 2008, State Farm had already reduced our emissions intensity by 46 percent. We continue to explore other opportunities to improve the environment that are in the best interests of our customers and communities.
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