Environmental Sustainability

Protecting our environment for future generations

We’re committed to protecting our environment and managing our resources in ways that benefit our associates, our customers and the communities where we live and work. We track our progress on our long-term targets and programs, and this information helps us address our overall environmental impact.

Minimizing our impact on the environment

We’ve already made several energy-efficient improvements in our buildings, and we continue to implement programs that help reduce our carbon footprint.

Many of our Columbus buildings are Energy Star certified. That means these buildings meet strict energy performance standards set by the EPA, saving energy and money and generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings.

Other Columbus buildings also are LEED certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

LEED-certified buildings save money, improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions and create healthier places for people. This certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and is backed by an entire industry of committed organizations and individuals paving the way for market transformation.

Shaping the future of agriculture

Founded by farmers, agriculture is a part of Nationwide’s DNA, and we believe it’s important to invest in resources that pave the way for a vibrant and robust food supply chain.

One way we do this is through our long-standing partnership with The Ohio State College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Together, we’re advancing agriculture technology to create food security and sustainability across the country.

A few of the initiatives we’ve collaborated on include:

Formed in 2022, it encourages the development of new solutions that will help the agricultural ecosystem while better understanding, managing and mitigating climate risk.

The development of CFAES’ high-tech greenhouse enables technology-driven practices to optimize food production.


This 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will educate and provide hands-on experiences for students in essential STEM fields, preparing them for a diverse range of careers in animal agriculture.

Offering opportunities for our associates to get involved

Through recycling programs created by our Corporate Real Estate team and our Green Team Associate Resource Group, Nationwide associates have several opportunities to help reduce our environmental impact. Some of these include:

  • Battery recycling stations in our buildings
  • Shredding paper events
  • Recycling events for mobile devices and other electronic devices
  • Volunteer opportunities focused on sustainability
  • Earth Day celebration and educational resources

Learn more about the progress we’re making in our Corporate Sustainability Annual Report.


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