Pine Tree State’s Call Center First to Receive Highest LEED Certification

April 20, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

Coming simultaneously in the priming of TD Bank’s ‘green’ stores launch by end of April, the Maine-based bank’s call center in Auburn has just received the highest LEED certification from the US Green Building Council, the first of its kind in Maine to garner such award.

Pine Tree State’s Call Center First to Receive Highest LEED Certification

The 60,000-square-foot Auburn call center was opened on July 30 last year. It has earned the accolades of Former Gov. John Baldacci and U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins during the opening ceremony for its state-of-the-art design that includes a skylight providing abundant natural light and reducing lighting loads, and a 9-ton granite boulder made of materials from the Christian Hill Quarry mine in Auburn.

The call center has since then provided 250 jobs to Maine residents.

TD Bank’s renewable energy investments, including LEED-certified stores and offices, have earned for the bank its carbon neutral status in 2010 according to Jacquelynn Henke, TD Bank’s Real Estate Green Strategy Officer.

On the other hand, the banks two green stores in Portland are set to open late this month as TD Bank prepares for the upcoming event.

“Learning that the Auburn Call Center achieved LEED-CI Platinum certification is a tremendous accomplishment for TD Bank, our employees, our customers and the community,” said Larry World, TD Bank Maine Market President.

The green stores, located at 878 Stillwater Avenue in Bangor and at 1410 Congress Street, Portland, were built based on TD Bank’s standard for green prototype store design.

Like TD Bank’s call center that has already achieved LEED certification, the stores will target the award through their environmental performance in five categories, namely energy efficiency, use of recycled materials and resources, indoor environmental air quality, low water usage, and the use of sustainable sites.

The bank plans to open its first net-zero energy bank branch in the US by May 2011, which will produce equivalent amount of renewable energy annually as much as its consumption.

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