NGO to place trained MBA student at Humana to focus on energy, cost efficiencies
Submitted by: Humana Inc.
Posted: May 18, 2011 – 08:00 AM EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 18 /CSRwire/ - Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today that it will participate for the first time in the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps Program, hosting an MBA student trained to identify energy efficiency opportunities at the company.
During the summer, John-Paul Fontelo, an MBA candidate from The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business, will research and develop detailed energy-efficiency investment and execution plans for Humana. These plans will strive to create net operating savings for the company and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
"We are thrilled to welcome a talented young business mind who will champion our commitment to the environment and help accelerate energy savings at the same time," said Chuck Lambert, vice president, Associate & Business Services.
Energy use from commercial buildings account for 18 percent of such U.S. pollutants. At Humana's data centers, Fontelo will look to spot savings from traditional means of improving lighting, computer equipment and heating and cooling systems as well as from other innovative strategies. Entering its fourth year, EDF Climate Corps has identified opportunities to save $439 million in net operational costs over project lifetimes for leading companies.
"We are excited to have Humana as part of the EDF Climate Corps program for 2011," said Victoria Mills, managing director at EDF. "Our goal for EDF Climate Corps is to work with market leaders like Humana to cut costs and carbon emissions through energy efficiency."
Humana's participation in the EDF Climate Corps program underscores the company's overarching corporate social responsibility platform - Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy Performance - that looks to improve communities through social, environmental and governance-related programs.
Humana also recently announced that it earned the distinguished U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR certification for its corporate headquarters building.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.2 million medical members, 7.1 million specialty members, and operates more than 300 medical centers and 240 worksite medical facilities. Humana is a full-service benefits and well-being solutions company, offering a wide array of health, pharmacy and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals, as well as primary and workplace care through its medical centers and worksite medical facilities.
Over its 50-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.
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