EPA Inducts Esurance into Green Power Leadership Club
San Francisco, CA — October 7, 2008
Esurance, the direct-to-consumer auto insurance company, announced its induction into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Leadership Club. With the recent purchase of nearly 4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power, Esurance offset 100 percent of the electricity used in each of its permanent offices across the United States and joins leading organizations within the U.S. that invest in renewable energy. Esurance's renewable energy certificates (RECs) were purchased from Carbonfund.org and come from wind farms in Texas.
"We are very proud to be recognized by the U.S. EPA for our support of renewable energy sources," said Esurance CEO Gary Tolman. "Purchasing wind power helps our organization become more sustainable, one of our company's strategic long-term goals. American consumers now rightfully expect that companies will do their part to protect our natural resources, which makes supporting clean sources of energy a sound business decision. As an insurance company, we are also well aware of the effects of climate change. Investing in renewable energy sources is an important step in reducing our dependence on energy sources that negatively impact our environment."
EPA's Green Power Leadership Club is a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded the EPA's minimum purchase requirements and is a part of the EPA's voluntary Green Power Partnership program. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase 10 times the Partnership's minimum requirement organization-wide. Esurance's purchase of green power equates to taking nearly 1,000 passenger cars off the road or powering 400 average American homes annually.
Stated EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, "America is shifting to a 'green culture,' with more and more people understanding that environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility. The EPA commends Esurance for making a long-term commitment to protecting the environment by purchasing green power."
Concluded Tolman, "By entering the EPA's Green Power Partnership Leadership Club, Esurance joins a great group of companies who are taking steps to help protect our environment by investing in green power."
For more information about all of Esurance's environmental initiatives, please visit the Esurance environment page.
Esurance, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM), provides personal car insurance direct to consumers online and through select online agents. Because of Esurance's virtually paperless online customer experience, Esurance car insurance customers have saved thousands of trees since the company's inception. Through the third quarter of 2008, Esurance has also helped plant and maintain approximately 70,000 trees by supporting a variety of urban reforestation programs. Esurance is also committed to safeguarding the environment through its own operational practices, including a hybrid claims fleet and investment in renewable energy sources to augment the electricity used in each of its permanent office locations.
Over the years, Esurance's environmental initiatives have earned the company awards and recognition. In 2008, Esurance received 2 silver Halo Awards for Best Environmental/Wildlife Campaign and Best Joint Messaging Campaign for Esurance's work with Live Earth on the Save Our Selves (SOS) Campaign. For more information, visit the Esurance environment page.