Sustainable practices help ensure a better future for everyone. We acknowledge our responsibility in helping create that future and will continue seeking opportunities to reduce our ecological footprint.
At The Standard, we believe healthy environments create strong, vibrant communities, and our sustainable practices hold fast to this vision.
Every year, The Standard purchases Clean Wind renewable power from Portland General Electric, avoiding more than 5 million pounds of carbon emissions. This equates to about 5,721,885 car miles not driven or 308,364 trees planted.
Our downtown Portland Standard Plaza building is LEED Gold certified and is Energy Star rated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Its high energy efficiency reduces annual electricity consumption by nearly 500,000 kWh. Our newest building on the Tanasbourne campus is LEED Gold and is 34 percent more efficient than a conventional building.
In an effort to save paper and energy, we offer policy holders electronic delivery for contracts, certifications and forms.
Recycling bins are provided for all recyclable materials throughout our buildings. Employees recycle more than 1,500,000 pounds of paper annually.
Nearly 60 percent of home office employees use company-subsidized public transit, reducing traffic congestion and tailpipe emissions. We also offer bike facilities and showers for our employees who prefer to commute on two wheels.