Allianz Life Earns Energy Star Certification from U.S. EPA
Company focuses on saving energy by encouraging employees to participate
MINNEAPOLIS -- April 22, 2013
For the fourth consecutive year, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North
America (Allianz Life) has earned the prestigious Energy Star certification
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its campus in Golden Valley,
Minnesota. This award acknowledges Allianz Life’s attention to superior energy
performance and recognizes its headquarters as among the most energy efficient
in the United States.
“Being a leader in our community, as well as being a sought-after place to
work, is part of what drives Allianz Life to seek this recognition,” said
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Suzanne Dowd Zeller.
“This month, for example, we are urging employees to turn off their computer
screens at night as a way of conserving energy.”
Allianz Life has been Energy Star certified every year since 2009. Energy Star
is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through
energy efficiency. The program was launched by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency in 1992.
Allianz Life earned a score of 90 out of 100 putting it in the top ten percent
of similar-size buildings nationwide. Energy Star buildings on average use 35
percent less energy and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere. The energy saved represents enough to power more than 300 homes
and saves the company more than $400,000 annually, according to Energy Star.
To earn the certification, Allianz Life took the following actions:
*Changed light bulbs to reduce wattage in every area.
*Changed core operating hours to 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
*Turned off heating/cooling systems on weekends and parking ramp lights
late at night.
*Converted parking ramp lights to lower wattage and installed
energy-conserving fluorescent bulbs on two floors.
*Installed motion sensors in auditorium so the air conditioning will only
go on when needed and shut off 10 minutes after no motion is detected.
*Closed blinds on hot days to reduce heat entering building and lessen air
*In the process of migrating data center servers to more efficient blade
servers that require less power and cooling.
*Continually monitoring and changing programming of the building automation
system for better operating efficiencies.
According to EPA, more than 1.3 million new homes and nearly 16,500 buildings
across all 50 states have earned EPA's Energy Star certification. The the
Energy Star label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products
with more than 5 billion sold over the past 20 years.
About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best
Companies to Work For in 2013, has been keeping its promises since 1896.
Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their
retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life
insurance products. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz
Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry
with 142,000 employees worldwide. More than 78 million private and corporate
customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to
help them make the most of financial opportunities.
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Sara Thurin Rollin, 763-765-6703
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