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Environmental Sustainability

From climate change resilience to toxic-free environments to organic company gardens, we are introducing new ways to support the wellbeing of our associates and members, and improve public health.

Kyle Cahill
Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health
kyle.cahill@bcbsma.com

View our ambitious new set of 2020 sustainability goals

Climate Change and Air Quality

Climate Change and Air Quality

We believe that climate change is one of our biggest public health issues and improving air quality will help reduce asthma rates, and lung, heart, and other diseases.

 

2020 Goals:

  • 30% reduction in absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

We are reducing our own emissions, helping to build more climate-resilient communities, and addressing the causes of air pollution in Massachusetts.

Natural Resources

Natural Resources

In 2014, we teamed with the Appalachian Mountain Club and Boston Medicla Center to bring Outdoors RX to underserved families in Boston. Through this program, BMC pediatricians write prescription for outdoor activity, connecting their at-risk patients to green space and free recreational opportunities in their neighborhoods.

We believe that regional ecosystems and community access to green and blue space are critical to our health and our economy.

 

2020 Goals:

  • 30% reduction in waste to landfill
  • 50% reduction in paper use
  • 10% reduction in water use

Food

Food

We believe healthy food systems prioritize and support environmental sustainability, local agriculture and human health.

 

2020 Goal:

  • 75% of food sourced sustainably

We are making more sustainable food choices at all of our offices and growing two organic company gardens.

Chemicals

Chemicals

We believe products and materials found in our offices, schools, and homes should be free of pollutants and toxic chemicals.

 

2020 Goal: A workplace 100% free of:

  • Flame retardants
  • Triclosan/triclocarbans
  • Pesticides

Our culture of wellbeing prioritizes physical activity, nutrition, resilience, and healthy built environments.

green@blue

green@blue

Launched composting programs in our cafeterias

Retrofitted Quincy parking garage lighting with energy-efficient LEDs

Saved the equivalent of 5,600 trees

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