published Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

BlueCross’ energy savings

We can delight in the view of the architecturally magnificent $299 million BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee headquarters on Cameron Hill from many parts of our city. But it is also significant that the fine BlueCross facility has earned the honor of being the largest corporate campus in Tennessee — and the second biggest in our nation — to earn LEED Gold certification.

What does LEED stand for?

It’s “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” as certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

As a LEED structure, the BlueCross headquarters reportedly is saving between $3 million and $4 million a year in energy, water and other environmental considerations, as compared with its previous 10 to 12 locations downtown before the new building was erected.

That’s great — environmentally, architecturally and economically.

But much more significant is the fact that BlueCross BlueShield, from it eye-catching building, helps promote better health and personal economic convenience in meeting medical needs for many of our people.

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