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Alpha Insurance Company

Alpha Insurance – Chicago

123 Rainbow Rd.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 456-5489

Rating: 5060

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Air & Health

This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Implement a space-wide non-smoking policy
  • Implement a building perimeter non-smoking policy which exceeds 20 ft.
  • Conduct occupancy surveys addressing thermal comfort, indoor air, acoustics, lighting &/or safety
  • Have daylight accessible to at least 50% of our occupants
  • Implement a space-wide policy on green cleaning
  • Use certified environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Use only low-VOC interior paints
  • Use only low-VOC interior sealants & coatings
  • Maintain and clean our HVAC at least twice per calendar year
  • Change or clean our HVAC filters at least quarterly
  • Optimize our indoor air system with filters rated MERV 8 or greater
  • Use a carbon dioxide (CO2) and/or carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring system
  • Measure internal humidity in at least 50% of our space
  • Implement a space-wide policy to minimize the use of toxic pesticides
  • Use mats, rugs & grates at building entrances to manage particulates
  • Implement a pest-management plan to reduce or eliminate sources of food, water & shelter

Energy

This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Ensure all individuals have task lighting controls to reduce overall lighting usage
  • Separately meter electric where applicable (tenants, server rooms, HVAC)
  • Separately meter electric for all tenants
  • Monitor our electric with "Smart Grid" technology
  • Use a high-efficiency boiler or hot-water system
  • Use a high-efficiency water temperature control and/or pumping system
  • Use programmable thermostats and/or "range" controls (e.g., two degrees up & down)
  • Use thermostat timers to control peak vs. non-peak loads
  • Have wrapped and/or insulated ductwork
  • Have insulated roof & walls, defined by values R-19 or greater
  • Initiated a third-party energy audit
  • Initiated a commissioning plan prepared by a qualified third-party
  • Implemented up to 25% of the recommendations from our commissioning plan
  • Implemented up to 50% of the recommendations from our commissioning plan
  • Implemented up to 75% of the recommendations from our commissioning plan
  • Measure our carbon emissions
  • Implemented methods to reduce and/or offset our carbon emissions
  • Offset our grid consumption through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
  • Have a green vegetated roof

Materials

This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Have a written policy which commits to purchasing environmentally-preferable products
  • Prioritize purchasing products made from recycled content, such as
  • Prioritize purchasing products made from rapidly renewable materials, such as
  • Prioritize purchasing > 50% of supplies harvested & manufactured within 500 miles, such as
  • Ensure all new product purchases contain no added urea-formaldehyde, such as
  • Ensure our flooring products & sealants adhere to sustainable certification (FloorScore®, Green Seal™, etc.)

Water

This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Have a written policy which commits to reducing our indoor water use
  • Use low-flow faucet and/or showerhead fixtures in 50+% of common areas
  • Have low-flow and/or faucet fixtures in 100% of common areas
  • Use motion-sensored faucets & fixtures in 50+% of common areas (kitchens are exempt)
  • Separately meter water where applicable (separate from main)
  • Incorporate native plant species & perennials onsite, to reduce irrigation use

Waste Reduction

This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Have a written policy which commits to reducing waste generation and disposal
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Paper & cardboard
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Batteries
  • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: Fluorescent bulbs
  • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: Hazardous materials
  • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: CFCs
  • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: Other
  • Conducted a waste stream audit of paper, toner & other office supplies (past 12 months)
  • Implement other responsible means to divert from waste stream & incineration
  • Calculated our diverted waste by volume and/or cost
  • Set all common area printers to default to double-sided or scrap paper printing
  • Ensure all print users default to double-sided or scrap paper printing
  • Set all common area printers to default to draft quality and/or black/white or grayscale print
  • Ensure all print users default to draft quality and/or black/white or grayscale print
  • Use reusable dishware, kitchenware & utensils
  • Use motion-sensored paper towel distributors and/or hands-free, energy efficient dryers

Bonus Points

This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Conduct "Green" education programs for our staff &/or stakeholders
  • Provide wellness plans or wellness training for our staff &/or stakeholders
  • Display education stations identifying sustainable practices
  • Have an individual appointed to specifically oversee sustainable operations and/or reporting
  • Have outdoor green spaces and/or picnic areas
  • Incorporate an effecient space plan and/or promote a flexible, mobile work environment
  • Promote stakeholder community initiatives and/or volunteerism
  • Have preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles and carpooling
  • Promote and/or incentivize carpooling & car-sharing
  • Promote and/or incentivize use of mass transit
  • Have on-site shower facilities
  • Have on-site bike storage
  • Completed facility renovations & additions that exceeded code requirements for energy efficiency
  • Have an on-site garden and/or indoor plants
  • Have a zero-waste-to-landfill initiatives
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Plastic
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Electrical equipment (computers, etc.)
  • Have a space that is certified as a Living Building
  • Have an organizational pledge to nurture a sustainable workplace (i.e., Sustainability Mission Statement)
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