A key value of Highmark Health and our workforce is stewardship, which we define as working to improve the health of the communities we serve and wisely managing the assets which have been entrusted to our care. Establishing goals related to sustainability, participating in programs and reaching new milestones are natural extensions of our stewardship.
For us, sustainability is using resources in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Our four sustainability goals include:
- Reducing energy and water consumption throughout our facilities
- Achieving ENERGY STAR certification for our major facilities
- Renovating, constructing, operating and maintaining facilities in accordance with green and high performance building practices
- Continuously educating our employees and members about how they can be environmental stewards at work and at home
Through the commitment of our leadership and employees, and through partner organizations that champion sustainability, we are proud to have achieved the following milestones:
- ENERGY STAR certifications. In 2012, we began certifying eligible facilities under ENERGY STAR. Two of our largest properties are certified as of 2018, including the Highmark Health headquarters building in Pittsburgh and our primary location in central Pa., placing these facilities among the most energy efficient in the nation.
- Winner of the Green Workplace Challenge. Sponsored by Sustainable Pittsburgh, Highmark has been the winner two years running (2014-15 and 2016-17) in the large-business category for meeting rigorous environmental standards, besting numerous Fortune 500 competitors. In addition, Highmark was recognized in 2017 as the Top Water Saver for decreasing usage by 36%, or more than 2 million gallons.
- Award-winning LEED certified facilities. In locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, our facilities are LEED certified with features including storm water management, erosion and sedimentation control, natural light in employee occupied areas, and use of healthier and more environmentally responsible building materials.
- Membership in the Pittsburgh 2030 District. Both Highmark (a founder) and Allegheny Health Network are partners in the District, a community of high-performance buildings whose goals include 50 percent reductions of transportation emissions and energy and water consumption by the year 2030. In 2017, our headquarters building reached the 2030 goal of 50 percent reduction in energy consumption, and we continue to strive for further reductions.
- Recognition as a bicycle friendly business. In both Pittsburgh and Parkersburg, W.Va., we’ve been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as being bicycle friendly businesses. And in Pittsburgh, since 2015, Highmark and Allegheny Health Network have been proud sponsors of the local Bike Share program, which makes 500 bikes at 50 stations available for public riding.
- Stewardship of our living roof. Our headquarters building in Pittsburgh sports a 22,000-square-foot green roof that contains more than 25,000 plants. A source of pride for employees, the roof helps to reduce storm water run-off and manage building temperatures, which ultimately lowers energy costs and doubles the life of the roof.
By helping to protect our environment, we are proud to make a positive impact on the health of our members, our patients, our employees and the communities where we live, work and play. In addition, our sustainability initiatives play an important role in helping Highmark Health and its companies achieve their goals related to efficiency and cost savings.