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TD Bank Goes Carbon Neutral, Unveils ‘Green Store’ Prototype

tdbankWith energy efficiency efforts, purchase of renewable energy and the pursuit of “green” building, TD Bank claims to be the largest U.S. bank thus far to go carbon neutral.

TD Bank, which has more than 1,000 locations in the U.S., is purchasing energy generated via wind, solar and other renewable methods for all its power needs, according to a press release. In all, the bank is purchasing 31,000 tons of carbon offsets.

The bank, which intends to open up to 10 “green” locations in 2010, has developed a prototype store that is built to LEED standards, and all stores after 2011 will be built to the standard.

The 3,800 square foot prototype reduces energy consumption 50 percent compared to previous designs, and will generate up to 20 percent of its own electricity on-site via solar panels on the roof, as well as solar drive-thru canopies.

The buildings will feature insulated glass with a low-E coating to help balance interior temperature, as well as sensors to control lighting.

The locations also will incorporate drought-tolerant landscaping and water-efficient plumbing fixtures.

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7 thoughts on “TD Bank Goes Carbon Neutral, Unveils ‘Green Store’ Prototype

  1. TD Bank staff, No matter how you design the building your fee structure is still inferior to other banks. I’d rather have more money at Citizens bank or a credit union & be able to pick my own enviromental projects then be charged higher fees by your bank. Plus, in this economy people will occasionally overdraw an account or misstime a transfer from another account(especially when you change the monthly mimimum requirement) Either of these actions, even once will lead to excessive fees by you. I was charged $15 for having less than $100 in my account for one day(which you made me switch from a Simply Free Checking to a Convenience?? Checking) then you automatically charged me $140(35×4)for an electronic transfer that cleared the other account the day before. Bottom line: you are changing your building but within the TD Bank walls are excessive fees & inferior products & services. Oh yeah & I just graduated & my income will increae soon but I will not be investing a dime at your bank because you took advantage of me & my family.

  2. That’s great that TD Bank cares about the environment. I wished that they cared 1/2 as much about their customers. I’d rather have more money at Citizens bank or a credit union & be able to pick my own environmental projects like adding home solar panels then be charged excessive fees by TD Bank. I was charged $15 for having less than $100 in my account for one day(which they made me switch from a Simply Free Checking to a Convenience?? Checking) then they automatically charged me $140(35×4)for an electronic transfer that cleared the other account the day before.

  3. This is incredible, I am very proud to say I work for TD Canada Trust North. And to those who are bitching about fees, it’s probably because you don’t know how to handle your day to day banking. TD is always giving incentives to save your money, and if you are not able to keep your balance above $100 than you have financial issues.

  4. Thanks for giving us a clear example of the “blame the customer attitude” that TD Bank has. I am a middle aged man that is the middle class income range & I have never had a problem with a bank before Toronto Dominion took over Commerce Bank. Maybe you have never had a time with less than $100 in your account. Good for you, however, many Americans have in the last couple years & there is a pattern of lots of people being taken advantage of by fees from TD Bank. TD Bank’s fees are higher & people will make more in interest at other banks or credit unions.

  5. TD Bank Employee,

    I’m just curious.. Did your staff even discuss the fact that the U.S. was going through a recession (the worst in decades)when you increased our minimum balance requirement by $100.00 for our checking accounts?

  6. Also, keep up the environmentally conscious practices. I hope that other banks follow your example. (just not RE your fees, God help us)

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