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04/15/2021

AVANGRID Becomes First Energy Company to Receive Well Health-Safety Rating from International Well Building Institute

AVANGRID Becomes First Energy Company to Receive Well Health-Safety Rating from International Well Building Institute

Rating for two of its locations recognizes AVANGRID’s ongoing efforts to support healthy office workspaces and supports safer re-entry following COVID-19

ORANGE, Conn. – April 15, 2021 — AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company, has become the first energy company to earn the WELL Health-Safety Rating through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) for two of its office locations in New York and Connecticut. The evidence-based, third-party-verified rating focuses on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans. 

The rating was awarded to AVANGRID’s headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, and its new Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) headquarters space in Rochester, New York.  The company is working to achieve the WELL Health Safety Rating at 15 additional office locations by the end of 2021.

“Our priority has always been the health and safety of our employees”, said AVANGRID Chief Human Resources Officer, Peter Church. “During the COVID-19 pandemic we listened to employee concerns and the guidance of health experts and have taken meaningful measures to ensure our workplaces continue to be safe, sustainable and healthy places to work.”

“The WELL Health-Safety Rating includes thorough review of areas such as cleaning and sanitization procedures; emergency preparedness; health service resources; operational management and stakeholder engagement,” said AVANGRID’s Vice President of General Services, Miguel Angel Garcia Tamargo.  

IWBI Chief Commercial Officer Jessica Cooper said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored to companies in every sector how critically important it is to be prepared for a crisis. AVANGRID has demonstrated outstanding leadership by taking purposeful steps forward to help ensure the health and safety of their staff and visitors as they return to their workplaces that have now achieved the WELL Health-Safety Rating."

The WELL Health-Safety Rating serves as a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by owners and operators. It leverages insights drawn from the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, in addition to guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies. Guidance from recognized standard-making associations such as ASTM International1 and ASHRAE2, and leading academic and research institutions, as well as core principles already established by IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, also contribute to this premier framework for advancing health in buildings and spaces of all kinds.

To learn more, please visit https://wellhealthsafety.com/.

 

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About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $38 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies – a list of America’s best corporate citizens – and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

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  1. ASTM International was formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials
  2. ASHRAE is The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

 

About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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