|[April 23, 2012]
Aetna Earns LEED® Recognition for 500,000-Square Foot Atrium Building
HARTFORD, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
Building on its demonstrated commitment to sustainability, Aetna (NYSE: AET)
has earned the prestigious Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED®)
Silver Certification for the nearly two-year-long renovation of the
Atrium building on its Hartford campus. The building is adjacent to the
eastern side of Aetna's original headquarters on Farmington Avenue.
Bestowed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the prestigious LEED award
recognizes that Aetna has met aggressive sustainability goals for the
Atrium project. The expansive top-to-bottom renovation of the
40-year-old structure included environmentally friendly upgrades that
deliver on a comprehensive set of objectives ranging from improved
indoor air quality to reduced energy use.
"LEED certification represents validation from an independent, third
party that we are reducing our carbon footprint," said Michael Marshall,
head of Asset Management, Real Estate Services. "The Atrium building
project was an enormous undertaking. We modernized a 500,000-square-foot
structure and at the same time made sure it meets stringent
sustainability standards. It demonstrates our commitment to being a
socially and environmentally responsible company."
Although work on the Atrium building was largely completed in 2010, LEED
certification was several years in the making. The certification process
included monitoring of the building's performance over a period of time
to ensure the intended outcomes were being achieved.
The scope of measurement and documentation covered the following
The site: Aetna employed a "green" maintenance program for
lawns and plantings, and implemented reduced irrigation practices.
Water conservation: Bathrooms were designed with low-flow
sensor faucets and dual flush water closets. Water use is an estimated
35 percent lower than with standard fixturs.
Energy reduction: The entire lighting system was re-lamped to
reduce total wattage, saving Aetna an estimated $189,000 annually;
more than 1,000 solar panels were installed providing more than 6
percent of the daily electrical energy required; and certified
"Green-E" energy is being purchased for more than 15 percent of the
building load for at least five years.
Materials: Recycled content or rapid renewable materials were
used for at least 10 percent of new building components; 50 percent of
construction waste was diverted into recycling programs.
Indoor air: The ventilation system was designed to increase the
use of outside air; high efficiency filters are used in ductwork and a
certified green cleaning service has been employed to reduce the
environmental impact of cleaning solvents.
Design innovation: Roof skylights were designed to bring
daylight into the B-level office area, and all enclosed offices
maximize daylight coverage.
New furniture: All workspace furniture is LEED certified. Work
station tables and surfaces use up to 70 percent recycled materials.
This is the second time Aetna has earned LEED recognition. Several years
ago Aetna was awarded LEED Silver Certification for the construction of
a new customer center within the 80-year-old original headquarters
building designed by James Gamble Rogers.
The LEED recognitions add to Aetna's long history of initiatives
designed to reduce the company's carbon footprint. Aetna has recycled
fluorescent light bulbs since 1994, long before it was required, and has
recycled paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles for many years.
Aetna continues to raise the bar for environmentally conscious
companies. Recent accomplishments include the following.
Aetna's building #2 in Blue Bell, Pa, was recently recognized with a
federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star designation.
To earn the Energy Star a building must demonstrate energy efficiency
based on EPA guidelines.
Aetna in March installed electric vehicle charging stations on the
Hartford and Blue Bell campuses to help encourage employees to drive
electric/hybrid cars to work and further reduce the company's carbon
Aetna continues to reduce its carbon footprint with a telework program
that saved an estimated 65 million miles of driving in 2011, saving
more than 2 million gallons of gas and reducing carbon dioxide
emissions by more than 23,000 metric tons.
Through the use of Energy Star devices, automatic shut-off switches
and innovative approaches, Aetna last year noted a reduction in energy
use for the first time at all of its major Aetna's owned facilities in
the previous year.
Aetna is a participant in the Business Roundtable's "Climate Resolve"
initiative and was a charter member in the EPA's WasteWise program.
Aetna in 2009 was honored with a Connecticut Climate Change Leadership
Award for innovative efforts to address global climate change.
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 36.4 million people with information
and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their
health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and
consumer-directed health insurance products and related services,
including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and
disability plans, medical management capabilities, health care
management services for Medicaid plans and health information exchange
technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals,
college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health
care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor
groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.
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