As recently as 1969, Chattanooga was rated the most polluted city in the nation. Now, it has become one of the cleanest. As a leader in sustainable development, it is among the first U.S. cities to use a citizen visioning process to set specific long-range goals to make the city a much more environmentally-friendly community and to enrich the lives of residents and visitors.
As a good corporate citizen committed to that green vision, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee pledged to achieve Gold LEED-certification for the new corporate headquarters when construction began in 2006. Today Cameron Hill stands as the largest Gold LEED-certified corporate campus in Tennessee and the second largest in the nation.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is the nationally accepted benchmark of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
BlueCross corporate headquarters was built with environmental sustainability, employee health and comfort, and cost savings in mind. Some of the features and their corresponding benefits include:
Not only does our campus promote “green” awareness and achieve environmental benefits, but the cutting-edge design offers breathtaking views of Chattanooga’s natural beauty, promotes employee collaboration and emphasizes our mission focus of health and healing, life and living.
BlueCross’ Gateway building has been certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the recognized standard for the classification of environmentally friendly buildings. Gateway is the second largest LEED Gold certified building in Chattanooga. The renovations include a newly installed 198.24 kilowatt solar array, producing about 40 percent of the building’s power, improved air quality, state-of-the-art water control and over 160 new trees and other landscaping improvements.
The improvements to the Gateway building earned BlueCross the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award, it’s second in three years.