Citi is celebrating its 200th LEED certified project with the announcement that the bank’s flagship Union Square branch received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Citi is leading the green building trend in the banking industry as it is the first bank in the world to achieve 200 LEED certifications.
Green features implemented at the Union Square branch, which opened in December 2010, include high efficiency lighting, the use of only Energy Star rated equipment and the use of building materials with recycled content. The branch also features free WiFi for Citi customers and round-the-clock access to customer service representatives via a video-assist product.
The LEED Platinum certified Union Square branch is just part of Citi’s $50 billion pledge to addressing climate change. The 10-year pledge began in 2007 and includes commitments to financing renewable energy and clean tech projects, in-house energy efficiency projects, its ongoing commitment to green building and more.
Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC CEO, commented on Citi’s 200th LEED certification. “Citi is a 200 year old company that continues to thrive because of its resourcefulness and willingness to lead in areas like environmental stewardship. Citi has demonstrated a company-wide dedication to economic, environmental and human health by embedding LEED principles into its design and refurbishment process.”
Yes, Citi is celebrating its 200 year anniversary with its 200th LEED Certification. For more information about Citi’s LEED certified projects and other environmental measures, download the Citi 2011 Global Citizenship Report.