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UnitedHealth Goes Deep Green

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The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded a new managed care company building “Gold-level” Leadership in Energy and Design certification.

UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., says a new, 10-story building on its headquarters campus is one of only 22 LEED-certified commercial buildings in Minnesota and one of only 8 Gold-level LEED-certified commercial buildings.

The U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, developed the LEED program to encourage architects and their clients to think about the environment when designing buildings.

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The new UnitedHealth building uses low-flow water fixtures, weather-sensitive landscaping irrigation, sensor-controlled lights, and other features that reduce use of water, electricity and other resources.

The building encourages employees to conserve energy by providing 74 bike racks.