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Independence earns third-consecutive Energy Star recognition

By August 17, 2017July 9th, 2020Company Updates

We’re proud to announce that for the third-consecutive year, Independence Blue Cross headquarters in Philadelphia has earned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star rating for superior energy efficiency. Energy Star-certified buildings are known to save energy, money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings, with no sacrifices in comfort or quality.

To be eligible for Energy Star-certification, a building must earn a score of 75 or higher, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. For 2016, our building at 1901 Market Street earned a rating of 91 — up from 83 in 2015.

Energy achievements

  • From 2015 to 2016, energy use dropped 16 percent — nearly double from the previous year.
  • Since 2011, utility costs were reduced by $1.7 million due, in part, to energy-saving facility projects and executing a competitive contract with an electricity supplier.
  • Compared to 2015, the building’s greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 17 percent.

We are excited to be recognized as one of 175 Energy Star-recognized buildings in Philadelphia.