Business Trend: Chattanooga goes solar

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee campus on Cameron Hill in Chattanooga.

August in Chattanooga means soaring temperatures, melting ice cream and an ever present sun. It's natural to long for days when the sun's glare is a welcome treat warming up icy hands in frigid December air.

These days, the sun isn't something to avoid from under a shade tree or lift our faces to in winter. It's part of Chattanooga's sustainability efforts.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, EPB, Volkswagen Chattanooga (VW) and the Chattanooga Airport lead the solar charge to creating a greener business community.

"At BlueCross, we have a long-term focus on environmental sustainability," says Jeff Sundean, BlueCross Vice President of Properties and Corporate Services. "We believe it's right and a smart thing to invest in."

While building its Cameron Hill corporate office in 2009, BlueCross became the second largest Gold LEED-certified campus in the U.S.,