We’re committed to protecting our environment in ways such as investing in renewable energy, recycling, and reducing waste and water use. We track our progress on our long-term targets and programs that help us address our overall environmental impact.
Reduced our carbon footprint
41% per square foot1
since our 2010 baseline through actions that included installing LED lights and efficient heating and cooling equipment
Reduced our water usage
3,096,072 gallons4
from 2021 to 2022
Increased our landfill diversion from
39% to 46%2
since 2017
Reduced our waste
2,629 tons2
since 2017
Invested in sustainable debt instruments
$688 million3
in 2022, which promoted environmentally sustainable outcomes and supported efforts related to climate change mitigation
In 2022, we printed
fewer pages than in 2021
Invested in renewable energy
$108 million3
in 2022
Solar power
About 3,000 solar panels cover 86,000+ square feet of our Scottsdale, Arizona, offices. Based on metered data, these panels save about $330,000 and 2.1 million kilowatt-hours annually.
Small improvements and big results

We continue to look for ways to reduce our everyday impact. By replacing standard light bulbs with LED bulbs in 2022, we anticipate saving an estimated 1.8 million kilowatt-hours and $161,000 each year. That’s equivalent to planting 21,000 trees, powering 161 homes or taking 275 cars off the road.6

By improving our industrial HVAC system in our home office buildings between 2018 and 2022, we anticipate an estimated savings of $474,000 when compared to a 2018 baseline.6

LEEDing the way

Energy-efficient improvements in our buildings minimize our impact on the environment. The Cavasson East office building in Scottsdale is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, which means that, on average, it’s 20%-40% more efficient than a non-LEED certified building.

Grandview Yard, Nationwide Realty Investors’ 125-acre mixed-use development, integrates principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building for sustainable neighborhood design. In 2022, it earned its LEED Neighborhood Development certification. Grandview Yard is the first project in Ohio and the largest in the U.S. to achieve this certification.

Spearheading the future of agriculture
with The Ohio State University

Combining over 100 years of history and experience, Nationwide partnered with The Ohio State University to develop solutions for protecting and advancing the lives of farmers, ranchers and commercial agribusinesses.
Mitigating climate risks

In a Nationwide-OSU collaboration, the AgTech Innovation Hub was created to understand and mitigate climate risks. The two central Ohio-based institutions will work together to encourage the development of new solutions to help the agricultural ecosystem. Nationwide provided an initial $2 million in funding, with plans to provide additional funding and resources in the future.

A high-tech greenhouse

Enabling technology-driven practices to optimize food production and a platform for interdisciplinary research, the Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex officially opened in September 2022. With a grant from the Nationwide Foundation, the Waterman complex — the first of its kind in the U.S. — will focus on innovations for the future of our food systems and natural resources.

State-of-the-art farming

The Nationwide Foundation seeded the vision of modernizing food production with a foundational gift of $5 million for the Multispecies Animal Learning Center at OSU. Examples of research that will be on display in the building, to open in 2025, include wet scrubbers for recovery of ammonia emissions from animal facilities to make nitrogen fertilizer, and the development of prediction models of methane emissions from livestock.

Solving challenges for farmers

Our agribusiness team supports emerging agricultural innovation organizations to promote best practices in farming operations and help farmers improve their ability to manage risk. One example is through our partnership with Quanturi to help farmers prevent hay fires and manage hay quality. Nationwide’s agribusiness customers have discounted access to HAYTECH, Quanturi’s wireless hay monitoring system.

[1] This represents the reporting period of January 2010 to September 2022 and is based on Scope 1 & 2 emissions.
[2] This represents the reporting period of January 2017 to September 2022.
[3] Includes general account assets for the Nationwide companies and assets managed by Nationwide Asset Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.
[4] This represents the reporting period of October 2020 to September 2022.
[5] This represents the reporting period of January 2021 to December 2022.

[6] Calculations were determined by using the Greenhouse Gas Equivalences Calculator provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website at epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator.