PNC Financial Services’ dedication to green building, and specifically LEED certification, began in 2000 when the PNC Firstside Center in Pittsburgh received LEED Silver certification.  Fast forward to October 2008 and the company had 55 LEED certifications under its belt. 

PNC is so dedicated to building green that it trademarked the term “Green Branch” in 2007.  This dedication has earned it a spot in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative project.

The company’s 116,305 square-foot headquarters was the first LEED Gold certified building in the financial services sector when it opened.  Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the company provides employees with special hybrid parking plus charging stations for those with plug-in electric vehicles. 

“Forty-seven percent of the building materials came from within a 500-mile radius, reducing pollution caused by long-distance shipping. Fifty percent of those materials are recyclable.” Source: PNC (PDF)

The company is also in the midst of a high-rise, mixed-use green building in Pittsburgh that will be one of the largest of its kind in the nation. 

The green PNC branches use reflective roof products, highly efficient HVAC systems, drought-resistant plants, solar shades and green cleaning products.  If you are interested in banking at a certified green PNC branch, the PNC website has a Green Branch Locator to help you find one near you.

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