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
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
|SOURCE Highmark Blue Shield|
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