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Vermont Governor Honors National Life's Environmental Efforts

National Life's commitment to the environment has earned the company a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

At a Statehouse ceremony on Monday, April 20, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas presented National Life with the award and thanked the company for its "efforts to protect and enhance the quality of Vermont's environment."

The award says National Life's commitment serves "as a model that should inspire all Vermonters to find innovative approaches to conserve natural resources, safeguard human and environmental health, and to prevent pollution before it is generated."

Left to Right: Vermont Governor Jim Douglas; Tim Shea, who oversees National Life's facilities; Tom MacLeay, chairman, National Life Group, and Jonathan Wood, secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Accepting the award for National Life was Tom MacLeay, chairman of the National Life Board, and Tim Shea, 2nd vice president of facilities, purchasing and contracting, who oversees the company's green initiative.

National Life's award came in the category of "Contribution to a More Sustainable Future," which recognizes "projects that achieve greater environmental/economic justice and/or efficiency by helping Vermonters to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The award specifically recognized National Life for its commitment to obtaining LEED certification for the company's Montpelier headquarters.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED program is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation's leading non-profit authority for green buildings.

National Life's application for LEED certification is pending before the USGBC. The filing of the application came after a multi-year review of the company's operations and implementation of numerous projects designed to lessen National Life's environmental footprint.

The LEED initiative was begun while MacLeay was president and CEO of National Life. "Our efforts are in line with our corporate commitment to the environment and a testament to the dedication of our employees to operate and maintain a clean, green facility," said MacLeay.

National Life recycles 67 percent of its waste, generates some of its electric power from an array of 418 solar panels on its roof, and offers incentives for those who car pool, bike or take a bus to work. In 2008 the company updated 6,026 light fixtures to high performance T8 lighting systems, which is projected to cut annual energy usage by 337,700 kWh.

(April 2009)

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