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What you can save if you put your mind to it

The Liberty Mutual Buidling on Berkeley Street in Boston. The Liberty Mutual Buidling on Berkeley Street in Boston. (Essdras M. Suarez/ Globe File)
By Erin Ailworth
Globe Staff / May 18, 2010

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Established in Boston in 1912, insurer Liberty Mutual today has more than 45,000 employees worldwide, with nearly 10 percent in Massachusetts. In years past, the company consumed numerous resources — paper and electricity — but for several years, it has made a concerted effort to cut back through a number of green programs. In 2009, the company:

  • Recycled 8.8 million pounds of paper, saving 75,000 trees.
  • Increased use of recycled paper, saving 2,300 trees.
  • Added 623 flex-fuel and partial zero-emission vehicles to its fleet, reducing the fleet’s carbon footprint more than 4,750 tons. Eco-equivalent: taking 396 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
  • Redirected to recycling plants or manufacturers: nearly 830 tons of construction waste from Boston office renovation.
  • Conserved 6 percent energy use at 28 company-owned buildings. Eco-equivalent: enough to power 250,000 light bulbs for one year.