For those of you who have been following our progress on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) front, I’m excited to share Wells Fargo has joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a platinum-level member – which is the highest level of commitment to LEED building standards a company can make.
“Platinum” makes for a nice, shiny title, but what does joining at this level of membership really mean for Wells Fargo, our customers and our communities?
It signifies another big step for us on the path toward applying sustainable standards and practices in all of our buildings we operate and own, such as:
- Building all of our newly constructed stores to LEED standards, like the LEED Silver store we recently opened in Tempe, Arizona;
- Integrating LEED into our new construction projects like our Jordan Creek campus expansion in West Des Moines;
- Our pursuit of LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors at our new building hubs in Chicago and New York;
- Our continued push to certify buildings under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification, as my fellow EF blogger Sheri Lucas shared in her last LEED update.
Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, stated in the group’s announcement, “USGBC’s platinum level members represent some of the world’s most innovative, forward-thinking corporations and organizations, and we are proud to count on them as partners in the green building movement.” At Wells Fargo, we are equally proud of our work with the USGBC, and are excited about the opportunities ahead of us to amplify our “green” building practices.