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Highmark earns leader-level status for sustainability efforts. Learn more.

Southwest Pennsylvania Sustainable Business Compact

At Highmark, our efforts to become a more sustainable company align with our corporate values, specifically stewardship, to improve the health of the communities we serve and manage the assets that have been entrusted to our care, which drives the realization of our corporate mission.

Good health and a healthy environment go hand in hand
By helping to protect the environment, we can better nurture good personal health — for our members, other customers, employees and the communities in our region. After all, for each individual life to flourish to its full potential, a safe, secure physical world is essential.

In addition to their environmental benefits, many of our sustainable programs have helped our company become even more efficient and cost-effective. Through a variety of conservation measures, for example, we've significantly reduced our energy consumption — and costs — across the company.

Highmark's 'A Healthy Environment' publication

'A Healthy Environment' publication

Our community partners and vendors are invaluable in helping us to capitalize on new opportunities to save energy, trees, other resources and dollars, too.

We have set three overall sustainability goals:

  • Reduce our energy consumption at all major facilities
  • Evaluate the ability of our major renovations and new construction projects to achieve LEED certification and/or ENERGY STAR certification
  • Educate our employees and members regarding how they can support
    our environmental commitment

For additional information about our environmental commitment, see the "Corporate Responsibility" press kit.

Our ten goals for sustainability
1

Decrease our heating, air conditioning and electricity usage across facilities through conservation approaches.

2

Conserve, reuse and recycle at our locations from office supplies to construction materials.

3

Construct, renovate and landscape our buildings in keeping with sustainable principles or green building standards.

4

Manage rainwater and prevent run-off through green building and green landscaping approaches.

5

Go "paperless" in our offices whenever possible and encourage our members and other customers to do business with us online.

6

Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through e-delivery and telecommuting and ridesharing for employees.

7

Purchase sustainable, eco-friendly and green office and cleaning products.

8

Partner with sustainable, eco-friendly and green vendors and community organizations.

9

Share our environmental expertise and experiences with other companies in the region.

10

Encourage employees, members and communities to participate in environmental events and support environmental organizations.