Environmentally friendly practices
Aetna has been engaged in recycling and energy- use reduction for years. But we have redoubled our efforts to further reduce our carbon footprint and fulfill the goals outlined in our environmental policy statement. This significant commitment of resources has generated award-winning initiatives that are helping to transform our home office campus into an environmentally friendly center for business.
Turning our campus “green”
In 2006, we launched a multi-year construction project to upgrade our home office facilities in Hartford, CT, enabling us to make important new strides in environmental leadership. For example:
The complete renovation of the Atrium Building was a certified “green” project. We are seeking prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the project, which featured extensive use of renewable materials in construction, flooring and ceiling tiles made from natural materials, energy-saving electrical devices and infrastructure designed to reduce water use.
We are generating some of our own power with 240 solar panels on the south face of our Atrium Building and an additional 735 panels on the roof. The system will produce an estimated 237,789 kilowatt hours of power each year.
We replaced 1,169 wooden windows in the original building with new, more energy- efficient windows that are helping to reduce our energy consumption.
Aetna earned LEED Silver certification in 2009 for the environmentally friendly construction of the Aetna Customer Center within our 78-year- old headquarters building.
“As a health care benefits company, Aetna is dedicated to helping people achieve health and financial security, and we believe fostering a healthy environment is an important part of this mission. We are committed to limiting our environmental impact by reducing our energy consumption and the use of other resources, and we will work to identify emerging environmental issues and address them, to the extent that we can, because we recognize the impact of a clean environment on the health of our members.”
Aetna s Environmental Policy
Harnessing the power of telework
We also took steps several years ago to encourage carpooling and telecommuting to help reduce commuter traffic and the pollutants it generates. Today, formal teleworking arrangements have increased significantly, and employees have access to more programs that support carpooling and offer financial incentives not to drive.
The results have been impressive. Our teleworkers are reducing our carbon footprint by saving more than 79 million miles per year, which saves more than 3.3 million gallons of gas and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 29,000 metric tons per year.
Other important initiatives and commitments include:
We are a participant in the Business Roundtable’s Climate RESOLVE initiative and one of the companies featured in the Business Roundtable’s “Enhancing Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future: 2009 Progress Report.”
We are now using a more environmentally friendly, Forestry Stewardship-certified paper for the printing of marketing materials. In addition, many Aetna enrollment materials carry a wind energy logo.
At Aetna-owned facilities, we recycle paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, and Aetna uses EnergyStar® devices and automatic shut-off switches to minimize power consumption.
We have recycled fluorescent light bulbs since 1994, long before it was required.