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Environmental Steward

Managing our environmental footprint responsibly

As a financial services firm, we generate low levels of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

The main contributor to those emissions is our corporate real estate. As a responsible environmental steward, we manage the related risks and opportunities of climate change across our physical footprint and within our industry and global economy.

Within the real estate Ameriprise controls, we are focused on operating our buildings efficiently

We reduce energy consumption by installing automatic light sensors, reducing heating and cooling, upgrading to lower wattage light bulbs, and participating in a program to evaluate and implement energy efficiency projects. And many of our corporate office locations have received recognition for environmentally friendly design.

An emphasis on the responsible use of our resources

Reducing paper use with e-delivery

Ameriprise is committed to reducing paper use and providing innovative delivery options for our clients. We’ve seen a positive trend over time toward client electronic delivery. Since 2008, more than 1.7 million clients have switched to e-delivery.

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Managing waste with innovative solutions

Ameriprise has taken steps to reduce and diversify our waste streams including implementing commercial composting services at many of our corporate locations, switching to recyclable and compostable cafeteria packaging, sending kitchen food scraps to a local nonprofit to be used for animal feed, and transporting non-recyclable/compostable waste to a local Waste to Energy facility.

Encouraging the use of public transportation

We are a long-term supporter of public transportation for employees across our locations through our Commuter Choice Program. We subsidize the Metropass® program in Minneapolis, offer free carpool, scooter, bicycle parking and EV chargers, and promote a Cycle to Work program at our offices in the UK.

1 Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings, which offer environmental, social and governance benefits. To achieve LEED certification, a project earns points by adhering to prerequisites and credits that address carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor environmental quality. Projects go through a verification and review process by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and are awarded points that correspond to a level of LEED certification: Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points) and Platinum (80+ points). For more information go to

2 ENERGY STAR certification is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for existing commercial buildings that meet strict energy performance standards set by EPA. Specifically, to be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, a building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher on EPA’s 1 – 100 scale, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. This 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score is based on the actual, measured energy use of a building and is calculated within EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The score accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data, and other important considerations. For more information go to ENERGY STAR Certification for Buildings | ENERGY STAR.

3 Fitwel Certification demonstrates a project or portfolio’s commitment to implement, track, and benchmark actions and strategies that impact human health and wellbeing. Obtaining a healthy building certification demonstrates the building’s commitment to improving the lives of residents, occupants, and the surrounding communities. For more information go to Fitwel — Certification | Certify Your Building or Site Project.

4 BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) accreditation is administered by its parent company, Building Research Establishment (BRE). BREEAM is used to specify and measure the sustainability performance of buildings, ensuring that projects meet sustainability goals and continue to perform optimally over time. A BREEAM assessment uses recognized measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. Each category focuses on the most influential factors, including reduced carbon emissions, low impact design, adaptation to climate change, ecological value and biodiversity protection. For more information go to

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