16 May '11, 12pm

TD Bank Invests in Carbon-Negative Banking

TD Bank Invests in Carbon-Negative Banking

TD Bank , which brands itself as “America’s Most Convenient Bank,” is becoming as green as its logo. The bank achieved carbon neutral status last year, and this week it will open what it says is the first bank branch in the U.S. that generates as much energy as it uses. The TD Bank branch in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has targeted the highest level of LEED certification, Platinum. More important, it goes beyond LEED to become the first zero-net energy bank building in the U.S. by installing solar panels on its roof, on the canopy over the drive-in window and on adjacent land next door. According to the bank, "The new store…will be connected to the local utility grid, will require approximately 97,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year to operate, but it will produce a minimum of 100,000 kWh a year on site." While this is the only net-zero energy branch now open, roughly...

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