Humana’s Kansas City market office is leading the way in making Humana’s market offices greener. Thanks to the Kansas City Green Team, formed in April 2008, recycling at the market office goes far beyond copy paper. Associates can recycle plastic bottles and shopping bags, cardboard, tin and aluminum cans, ink-jet cartridges, compact fluorescent bulbs and alkaline batteries. Team members have hosted a clothing drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as an e-recycling drive, and they recently convinced Humana’s landlord to install a recycling receptacle in the parking lot, allowing 180 fellow tenants to join the green revolution.
Future plans include a carpooling program, recycling for cell phones and eyeglasses and a sort of internal bulletin board that will let associates exchange unwanted or unneeded items with each other rather than send them to the landfill.
The Kansas City Green Team is also serving as a model for teams in other markets, including Atlanta. Just months after its formation, the Atlanta Green Team is showing how small steps can make a big difference. The majority of large copy projects in Atlanta are now printed in duplex mode, halving the amount of paper needed. User-identifier sheets no longer accompany print jobs, and associates are encouraged to share documents electronically rather than on paper.
The Atlanta team is also taking a close look at what ends up in trashcans. Disposable plates, cups and utensils are being phased out (except for a small supply set aside for visitors), and standard paper towels have been replaced with new dispensers and roll towels made from recycled paper. One associate even figured out how to knit placemats from plastic toner bags that would otherwise have ended up in the trash.