The Environment


The environment plays an important role in the health of every community. As a leading health and well-being company, UnitedHealth Group’s mission is to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment by conserving energy and natural resources and raising employee awareness about improving the environment.

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Recycled 7,743 tons of paper and saved 129,940 trees

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Completed 15 funded energy projects including interior and exterior lighting upgrades and water reduction projects

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Reduced year-over-year controllable energy use by 2.54% and year-over-year greenhouse gas emissions by 1.95%


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Implemented 35 low cost / no cost energy and water conservation projects

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Maintained business operations
in LEED-certified facilities
(Leadership in Energy &
Environmental Design) totaling 1.6 million square feet


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Completed a waste audit for
UnitedHealth Group's largest
headquarters office complex,
which contributes to future
goal setting

Data as of year-end 2018.


Green Business Practices

UnitedHealth Group’s green business practices are reducing our carbon footprint in daily office work. We are moving toward paperless communications and implementing workplace conservation initiatives. Following are examples:


Individuals We Serve

  • Customers now see online bills, web-based eligibility transaction processing, and online banking reports.
  • Brokers get their commission statements and quotes online.
  • Individuals we serve receive online explanation of benefits statements and health statements.
  • Physicians find remittance advice, electronic payments, and real-time adjudication online.
  • Shareholders receive proxy statements and annual reports online, and can vote online or by phone.
  • Employees receive online orientation and benefits enrollment materials, and online W-2 statements.

Other Initiatives

UnitedHealth Group has expanded its conservation efforts beyond paperless communications by:

  • posting sustainability tips and articles on our employee intranet,
  • expanding teleconference capabilities to reduce business travel,
  • following a shred-all policy to improve confidentiality and increase recycling,
  • turning off monitors overnight to reduce energy use, and
  • supporting telecommuting.

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