Since opening its doors in 1952 the State Farm Mid-Atlantic headquarters on Pantops has been dedicated to helping and serving the community. But now they are making strides to help the environment.
State Farm is the largest private employer in Charlottesville. With over 1,500 employees, they know that a small green effort can make a huge impact both here in Charlottesville and across the nation.
State Farm's Mid-Atlantic headquarters in Albemarle County has taken on a long list of green initiatives. Some are fairly basic like recycling, others include a car pooling group and several hybrid cars in the fleet. Danny Sheppard, Public Affairs Specialist at State Farm says, "We have a vehicle fleet of about 70 vehicles for our employees to use as they conduct business and of that fleet we have incorporated in recently 5 hybrid vehicles."
A few years ago the building on Pantops needed a new roof but instead of just throwing away the old pieces they gave the usable parts to Habitat for Humanity. Sheppard says, "We were able to keep that out of the landfill. Habitat was able to make money to build houses to help the community." Also as part of the new roof they installed an experimental green roof section. "We're reporting back on how that's going. State Farm is interested in that and possibly when they build future offices across the country incorporating the entire roof as a green roof."
Officials at State Farm say they aren't trying to change the world, just trying to turn a few green ideas into a big green initiative.