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Sustainability

C ambia Health Solutions recently received Gold Certification from the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program recognizing the positive impact on our environment and our community. This accreditation is just one example of Cambia’s ongoing commitment to promote sustainable business practices and align environmental stewardship, economic health and social equity to create strong, vibrant communities.

Minimize footprint

Remote workers: 30 percent of Cambia's employees work from home, resulting in a significant reduction in commute miles. At the same time, we've consolidated and reduced our office space in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Salt Lake City, saving heating and cooling costs.

Comprehensive energy conservation: Cambia uses different energy-reduction tactics in its offices: Adjusting the temperature, upgrading to more efficient equipment, changing to more efficient lighting equipment and timing methods like motion sensors, and adjusting schedules to account for natural daylight.

Active transportation: 20 percent of Cambia employees utilize company-subsidized public transit or carpool and supports our bike commuters by offering covered bicycle racks as well as commuter memberships to our on-site fitness facilities, Club Blue.

Recycled content and paper reduction: Health plans have historically been paper-intensive businesses. Cambia has expanded electronic resources to tackle that problem.Taking our cue from the "triple bottom line" concept of financial health, environmental stewardship and social progress, our efforts since 2009 are seeing some results: Paper containing 30-percent recycled content is used in most of our printers; printers default to double-sided; copiers print only on demand, reducing paper waste. We protect members' privacy by ensuring that all paper is discarded in secured bins, shredded and recycled.

Waste reduction: Cambia is taking steps to decrease waste by capturing 30 percent of the easily recyclable material currently thrown away. And focusing efforts to reuse materials such as office supplies,  We will achieve our 30 percent goal by creating centralized waste reduction and recycling stations in common areas throughout our offices, and educating employees on using these stations. We also reduce waste by reusing office supplies and donating or recycling excess office supplies.