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

t lighting, and motion detectors for lighting and increased day lighting.

Replacement and upgrading of air conditioning systems with new, more efficient equipment has produced a 20 percent reduction in electric consumption and an average savings of $11,000 per month, and a reduction in water consumption of more than 1.5 million gallons of water per year. The company has also replaced old restroom toilets that used five gallons of water per flush with new ones that use only 1.6 gallons of water.

Demolition materials are being handled in an environmentally friendly way by separating material types, such as metals and plastics to be recycled. In addition, the landscaping is being renovated to include native plantings, and the sidewalks are made with pavers that feature crushed recycled bottles.

Additional SEG projects at Highmark Blue Shield

-- Highmark provides its members with the option of receiving EOBs and

member newsletters through online e-delivery. This technology allows

members to view their EOBs online and receive newsletters

electronically, therefore saving the resources of paper and postage.

For members who opt to receive EOBs through the mail, Highmark prints

content on both sides of paper to reduce overall resources used.

-- Highmark operates a Silver LEED certified Data Center in Hershey, Pa.

The Data Center, which provides computing infrastructure for the

company, opened in November 2005 and was built using environmentally

friendly attributes. These features include storm water management,

erosion and sedimentation control, optimized energy performance, water

recycling and more.

-- Approximately 85,000 pounds of paper and 7,000 pounds of cardboard are

recycled each month in its Camp Hill facilities. Highmark's recycling

efforts help East Pennsboro Township meet their recycling goals and

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