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Highmark Blue Shield Announces Sustainable, Eco-Friendly and Green Strategy
Date:4/15/2008

Improvements lead to using fewer natural resources

CAMP HILL, Pa., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As Kermit the Frog says, "It's not easy being green." But Highmark Blue Shield recognizes the impact of our business decisions on the environment and the community, and has created and is in the process of implementing sustainable, eco-friendly and green (SEG) business practices.

SEG projects at Highmark include a variety of facility management, community and business projects that will help to create a healthier work environment for employees and for the communities where Highmark does business.

In June 2007, the company created a full-time sustainability coordinator position. By creating a new department, Environmental Management, Highmark has pledged to promote and apply sustainable SEG business solutions to improve employee wellness, reduce operating expenses, and workplace productivity.

"By educating employees about what they personally can do to help the environment at the office and at home, we can equip them with the tools to make informed decisions, leading to better personal and community health and economic benefits," said Phyllis Barber, sustainability coordinator at Highmark.

SEG initiatives at Camp Hill facility

Highmark uses a comprehensive program that strives to improve process, reduce costs and waste, and increase or exceed customer expectations.

Highmark is currently undergoing multi-year renovations to its 612,000-square-foot Center Street campus in Camp Hill. The renovations are being designed and built in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program standards. The program recognizes buildings that go above and beyond in eco-friendly features, such as using, promoting recycling, and conservation of water and energy. The renovations include environmentally friendly finishes and carpets, energy-efficient HVAC systems and indirec
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