TD Bank has upped its commitment to going green this week, announcing a new energy efficient design for a its stores and claiming that it is the largest US-based bank to go carbon neutral.
The 10 new green ‘stores’, as TD calls their bank branches, will be LEED certified and are scheduled to open in 2010. TD has also said that it hopes to turn the majority of its stores green by 2011. The green prototype, being built in Queens Village, NY, will reduce energy consumption by 50%, with 20% of the energy being produced on-site by solar panels placed on canopy of the drive through. In addition, the materials for the building will be more sustainable, with wood from sustainably managed forests and energy efficient lighting with controls that limit their use.
Going Carbon Neutral
In addition to their new green store design, TD Bank has increased its green initiative by becoming carbon neutral. They have achieved this by lowering its energy consumption, in part through this new design, and also through the purchase of enough wind energy to power their network of 2,600 ATMs. To offset the rest of their carbon footprint, TD has purchased 31,000 metric tons of carbon credits in order to reduce the impact of the rest of their emissions.
For more information on TD Bank’s efforts to go green, see the full press release here.