Going green to protect valuable resources
Helping people stay healthy is our most important mission. And a healthy environment is part of good health. That's why we focus on:
- Decreasing emissions
- Saving water and energy
- Using renewable energy
Through 2014, our solar fields in Hartford and Windsor, Conn., produced 1.74 million kWh of power of our own. This is equivalent to 1,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions savings.
Reducing energy consumption
- Energy-saving efforts across the company cut our electrical use by 26.7 million kWh between 2010 and 2014. That's equivalent to a savings of 18,411 metric tons of CO2.
- Teleworkers saved more than 5.3 million gallons of gas and 46,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2014 alone.
- Electric vehicle charging stations at two of our campuses help encourage employees to drive electric/hybrid cars to work.
A two-year renovation of the Atrium building in Hartford earned us a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification. We own or lease 19 such certified buildings across the country.
We also upgraded our water fixtures at the Hartford campus, which reduced water use per employee by 43 percent.
We've recycled fluorescent light bulbs since 1994, long before it was required. Since 2009, our Hartford and Blue Bell, Pa., campuses have recycled 1,874 tons of material. That’s equivalent to a savings of 5,230 metric tons of CO2 emissions. In 2014, we also recycled 1,655 tons of confidential shredded paper.
Helping our suppliers go green
We help key suppliers find ways to improve their green business practices. We do this with an online sustainability assessment tool that measures a supplier’s engagement and proficiency level in a broad range of business practices that contribute to sustainability.
Environmental policy statement
As a health care company, we believe nothing is more important than helping people stay healthy. Aetna’s business strategy includes promoting sustainable practices nationally and internationally in furtherance of the health of our members, employees and communities in which we operate.
We are committed to limiting our own environmental impact by reducing our energy consumption, conserving environmental resources, and adopting a sustainable approach to the management and maintenance of all real estate and business processes wherever possible.
We also are committed to addressing the waste that accounts for one-third of all health care costs and threatens the long-term sustainability of our health care system. To that end, we will continue to work with health care professionals to further the development and availability of quality-focused, accountable care.
Using a collaborative, multi-faceted approach, we are helping to develop a healthier population with a broader sense of responsibility toward the use of health care resources and with a shared sense of commitment to nurturing a healthy environment.