Northampton, MA –News Direct– Aflac Incorporated
Sharon Baker, Supervisor: “Once you walk in and start working for Aflac, you realize that there is a culture here like nowhere else. “
Rob Holleman, Director; Installations, maintenance and construction: “We’re always looking for ways to put that attention into action. “
Sharon Baker, Supervisor: “In addition to taking care of policyholders, we want to make sure our environment is in the right place. “
David Glover, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Consultant: “Aflac being a family business this stuff is easy because you always want to do the right thing. “
Rob Holleman, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Construction: “When I first came to Aflac, we started doing simple things like recycling our paper and cardboard. Over time, we started to focus more; increase our recycling efforts. Fast forward to today – we’ve reduced our energy use per square foot by 50%.
Alfred Blackmar, Vice President of Facilities: “We understand the importance of having a carbon neutral policy. Increasing the amount of solar energy helps us achieve this.
Rob Holleman, Director; Installations, maintenance and construction: “Our solar initiative culminated in 2017, when we installed our solar panel above our customer service building, and it was really a partnership between Aflac, Georgia Power and at the time, Hannah Solar.”
Alfred Blackmar, Vice President of Facilities: “We are looking to the future. What can we do to continue reducing the amount of energy we use in our facilities, to increase renewable energy? “
Alfred Blackmar, Vice President of Facilities: “Somewhere between 12% and 15% of our overall consumption of this building is from solar panels, and we are currently in negotiations for a much larger project at our Corporate Ridge plant. “
Alfred Blackmar, Vice President of Facilities: “We are looking to the future, and this is where Aflac wants to be. We want to be a leader today and a leader in the future in all matters relating to the environment.
Sharon Baker, Supervisor: “It’s going well outside of Aflac. This is our world. The main responsibility of the green committee is to draw attention to Aflac’s green activities, our intention to do things to improve our environment, our recycling efforts that we have in our buildings. Then we have other events that continue to encourage them to bring back their trash. We also have a place where they could bring electronics; what we call our e-waste.
David Glover, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Consultant: “E-cycle is our current supplier, and they are e-Steward compliant. This means that when they destroy devices, they do so in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. We get a percentage of those funds back, and then those funds are donated to the Aflac Cancer Center so they can use them. It has been a good thing all around.
Rob Holleman, Director; Installations, maintenance and construction: “Even today, we continue to look for ways to reduce our energy even further. “
David Glover, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Consultant: “At the end of the day, it’s the right thing to do.”
Sharon Baker, Supervisor: “Overnight, you’re not going to become that person who just wants to save the world, but as you become more and more educated – and that’s really what the Green Ambassador program was all about. education, because a lot of people don’t do things because they don’t know.
David Glover, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Consultant: “It was a great opportunity to help Aflac, you know, reduce their environmental footprint, their carbon footprint. So if we can make these little incremental changes to Aflac, then those things will eventually lead to big changes. And, you know, to get Aflac to be at the forefront, that way other companies can say, “Well, you know, hey, if Aflac does that, then we can do the same too. . “”
Rob Holleman, Director; Installations, maintenance and construction: “Personally, I am a grandfather. I am invested in the future of this community and have an 11 year old grandson and an 18 year old granddaughter. And it makes me happy to know that we are playing a small role in making the future better for them than we have enjoyed over the past 30 years here.
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