We’re building for a “greener” future
Leading by example through our own operations is critically important as we seek to ‘walk the talk’ and do our part to help protect our environment. Here are examples of ways we make our buildings greener:
- We received a 2011 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for our commitment to environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation
- We’re in the process of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) recognition for all of our retail banking stores, representing about 6,000 buildings or approximately 30 million square feet.
- 19 of our office buildings (avg. >400,000 rentable sq. ft.) meet LEED standards or are ENERGY STAR 2010 rated
- We are a pioneer participant in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Volume program.
- Our Duke Energy Center is the first and tallest office tower to receive the highest level of certification under LEED for Core & Shell rating system Version 2.0.
- We installed and activated solar panels on 11 banking stores in the Metro Denver area. Combined those systems helped Colorado avoid 296 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2011
- We reduced our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 12% below 2008 levels as of 2011. See our response to the 2012 Carbon Disclosure questionnaire (PDF*)
- By 2020 we aim to achieve these measurable environmental performance goals
- 40% increase in energy efficiency
- 65% waste diversion rate
- 35% reduction in absolute greenhouse gas emissions below 2008 levels
- 35% of buildings will achieve LEED certification
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