Verisk leases office space where it conducts business in the United States and around the world. The company seeks facilities best suited to meet the needs of the business functions performed, the location and amenities required for its employees, and at costs and terms competitive with the surrounding market. When identifying potential locations that might qualify, we seek to include properties that are LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or have achieved an ENERGY STAR® designation.
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED program is a green building certification that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
In 2015, we added Xactware’s headquarters and data center in Lehi, Utah, as well as our data center in Somerset, New Jersey, to our inventory of LEED Gold-certified properties.
We also added the Argus White Plains, New York, office as a LEED Silver-certified property and achieved a gold rating through the Indian Green Building Council’s LEED rating system for our AIR Worldwide office in Hyderabad, India. Other LEED-certified properties include the Argus San Francisco, California, office (Gold-certified).
ENERGY STAR Certification
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that’s independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change.
In 2015, we added the Verisk National Processing Center in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, to our 11 existing ENERGY STAR–certified offices located around the country, including California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
ENERGY STAR Buildings
Greenhouse Gas Measurement Initiative
During 2015, a team representing Verisk businesses worldwide began the process of measuring the organization’s greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint to establish an emissions baseline and recommend long-term strategies and objectives to help Verisk responsibly manage its future environmental impact.
Verisk is conducting the measurement effort in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a globally recognized standard developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. For a company such as Verisk, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol covers emissions associated with purchased energy for our portfolio of offices, gasoline used to power our automobile fleet, and fuel consumed during airline and related business travel.
Once the measurement phase concludes, the team will consider enterprisewide initiatives to help Verisk rightsize its environmental footprint.
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