Green initiatives

Reducing our environmental impact

  • Environmental impact tracking and disclosure

    As a responsible organization whose business activities have a global reach, MAXIMUS has an important role in contributing efforts to reduce our impact on the environment of the communities we serve. 

    In 2019, MAXIMUS launched an initiative to accurately measure and disclose our environmental impact, guided by the comprehensive global standardized frameworks from the Green House Gas Protocol and the Carbon Disclosure Project. By integrating environmental impact data tracking into our existing processes, we are creating a robust view of our greenhouse gas inventory. These insights will directly inform our environmental policies. The initial assessments of our carbon footprint are focused on our U.S. emissions from:

    • The operation of our owned or leased offices
    • The business travel of our U.S. based employees
    • The most energy-intensive services that MAXIMUS outsources

    We look forward to expanding our tracking and disclosure initiative to include our international subsidiaries and more areas of environmental impact, such as:

    • Our employees’ commutes 
    • Our recycling programs and partners
    • Our procurement decisions, particularly for resource-intensive products such as computers
  • Technology driven impact initiatives

    We have invested in technological improvements and solutions to create more efficient and environmentally friendly business practices. Some of our most recent initiatives include:

    • Consolidating our data centers, leading to a 50 percent reduction in locations
    • Transferring more of our systems onto energy efficient cloud services
    • Implementing new telepresence solutions and collaborative media centers to reduce the necessity of business travel
  • Recycling and reusing for sustainability
    • Using recycling bins for paper products, plastic bottles and aluminum cans
    • Using recycled paper for mailings and promotional materials whenever possible
    • Installing safe and efficient water filtration systems to replace bottled water coolers
    • Providing reusable coffee mugs and plastic cups to employees at certain locations
    • Supplying biodegradable plates, napkins and utensils at certain project sites
    • Replacing janitorial supplies and paper towels with more eco-friendly products
    • Encouraging staff to bring lunch to reduce the use of plastic containers and utensils from local restaurants
  • Conserving energy to reduce carbon emissions
    • Turning off all cubicle and office lighting at the close of business each day
    • Eliminating electrical usage from desktop computers when not in use
    • Implementing staggered climate control daily start-up times and building temperature standards for summer cooling and winter heating
    • Installing sun film on sun-exposed windows to reduce glare and hot spots within our facility to lower electricity usage from climate control systems
  • Eliminating paper waste through innovative solutions

    We work hand-in-hand with our government clients to recommend ways to reduce paper consumption; this can often be a more cost-effective way to achieve business goals. Ideas our clients have implemented include:

    • Replacing traditional paper services with electronic services
    • Developing intranet sites to post-program information and reports using electronic "fast alerts" to keep staff abreast of important information
    • Encouraging clients to authorize telephone and Web program enrollments as opposed to using and mailing paper enrollments, resulting in a reduced reliance on printed collateral materials and paper products
    • Enabling community-based organizations to implement efficient business practices by providing technology and technical assistance to submit program enrollments electronically
    • Printing "on demand" and reducing paper use for required mailings
    • Initiating a "piggyback" mailing program to add relevant mail to outgoing distribution