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MassMutual Announces LEED-EB Certification Initiative
Date:12/9/2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) announced that it has begun its application to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) certification for its headquarters in Springfield, Mass. This is approximately a year-long process that includes replacing more than 500 plumbing fixtures and implementing more efficient lighting to make the 1.4 million square foot headquarters truly green.

"The LEED-EB certification reinforces a long tradition at MassMutual to reduce our environmental footprint," said Ricky Swaye, corporate vice president of Corporate Services at MassMutual.

Throughout everyday business operations, MassMutual strives to reduce its environmental impact by effectively managing the use of natural resources. Although the company does not produce products which cause direct environmental impacts, the company has policies and procedures in place to run its local operations safely, effectively and efficiently.

As a result of its strong commitment to the environment, MassMutual has undertaken the following initiatives which support efforts to obtain LEED-EB certification:

-- Green water chillers -- The drinking water chiller systems have been upgraded to be more environmentally efficient and save 75,000 gallons of water per year.

-- Data center energy conservation -- In order to achieve a more "green" data center, substantial efforts have been made to improve data center efficiencies, which have resulted in dramatic reductions in energy consumption while supporting unprecedented growth.

-- Recyclable products -- MassMutual has provided over 2,250 refillable plastic "green" mugs to employees, saving 17,000 large Styrofoam cups per month (204,000 per year) from the local landfill. The company also purchases eco-friendly office furniture that promotes good
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