With 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.