Case Study: Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling – Gardening and Composting at Cigna’s Offices

At Cigna, we have extended the “reduce, reuse, recycle” model that we apply to many of the goods that we use to how we think about and consume food. Consequently, we have instituted a prepared food donation program and a composting program at our headquarters in Bloomfield, CT. In 2019, we donated 1,670 pounds of prepared food to The Open Hearth, a nonprofit in Hartford, CT that provides comprehensive services to men experiencing homelessness. Our composting program in 2019 was also a huge success, resulting in 14,532 pounds of foods being diverted from landfill for use as soil for landscaping and the Wilde Side Garden at our Bloomfield location.

In 2019, the Wilde Side Garden produced nearly 500 pounds of produce for Foodshare. A partner of Cigna’s since 2012, Foodshare is Greater Harford’s regional food bank – connecting surplus food to its network of 280 partner food pantries, meal programs, and Mobile Foodshare websites. We are one of the nonprofit’s few sources for fresh vegetables, making our partnership critically important. Additionally, the work that we do with Foodshare and The Open Hearth extends beyond our environmental goals – supporting the Cigna Foundation’s work around food insecurity.