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CHAPTER 5

Green Buildings

3 min read June 17, 2020
Green Buildings

MetLife occupies more than 12 million square feet of workspace across the globe and continually works to improve building management systems and upgrade our facilities to drive efficiencies in energy, water, and resource consumption.

Globally, 28% of our buildings — representing more than 4.2 million square feet of space — are certified by the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Common green building features include lighting automation technology, furniture made from high recycled content, low VOC building materials, and high-efficiency plumbing.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized MetLife and MetLife Investment Management (MIM) as a 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for our commitment to energy efficiency in our corporate offices, as well as our real estate investment portfolio.

MetLife empowers future sustainability leaders

Nearly 70 students took part in the 2019 MetLife Technical University Global Technology Summer Internship program, which included a sustainability-focused innovation challenge. Teams were charged with developing business proposals that not only created positive impact on the environment, but also drove business benefits such as cost savings and efficiencies. One finalist team proposed a carpooling app connecting MetLife employees who commute to the same office, while others came up with great ideas for enhanced recycling programs. The internship program is an important part of our efforts to continually stimulate new innovative ideas and develop an ongoing pipeline of talent for our global workforce.

To incentivize the transition to a lower-carbon economy and electric vehicle adoption with our employees, MetLife has installed 86 charging stations for employees to use free of charge across most major U.S. offices.

Employees participate in a beehive tour with Bee Downtown.

Creating the largest honeybee corridor in North America

Honeybees play an important role in our ecosystem and food chain by pollinating plants, trees, and crops. Every third bite of food humans consume comes as a result of a honeybee’s pollination.

According to the Bee Informed Partnership’s 2019 survey, the U.S. lost 40% of its honeybees in 2018 due to increased use of pesticides, as well as parasites, decrease in habitat, and lack of proper nutrition.

In 2019, we joined hands with Bee Downtown and other companies with offices in the North Carolina Research Triangle region to install three beehives on our Cary, North Carolina, campus. The beehives help support thousands of pollinating bees and connect them to the largest bee corridor in North America, which currently spans 60 miles.

Reducing waste takes many shapes and forms. In 2019, we:
  • Donated over 2,100 pounds of food to various organizations.
  • Launched new recycling guidelines across our U.S. offices to drive waste diversion and employee engagement.
  • Maintained our commitment to back-of-office composting by diverting food scraps from landfills.
  • Diverted 56% of waste from landfills.

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