Wells Fargo – making the good “green” news – again!

I am a self-professed fan of Wells Fargo and have been a customer for over 35 years – when it was called something like the First National Bank of Arizona (before acquistion and merger fever).  The reason why is a personal one – one of their officers took a chance on me when I really needed someone to. Story for another day and a personal blog.

Post the creation of Mrs. Green:  Wells Fargo ranked 13th greenest company in America and #1 greenest bank. True story.

Press release received today, pared down just a bit:


TUCSON, April 15, 2010 — Wells Fargo will open its newest Arizona Community Banking store, at 105 N. Houghton Road in Tucson, on April 19.  The 2,900-square-foot location — the 261st  Wells Fargo banking store in the state — is designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  It is the second new LEED certified store for Wells Fargo in Arizona; the first opened in Phoenix April 12.

“Wells Fargo has made a commitment to promote environmental stewardship in the communities we serve,” said Larry Finuf, regional president for Wells Fargo in Southern Arizona.  “We also provide support through grants and volunteerism by our team members to local nonprofit organizations that share that commitment.  For example, to help promote sustainable practices to the business community, Wells Fargo is a member and sponsor of the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce, and we sponsor the radio program, Mrs. Green Goes Mainstream.”

“We are pleased to see a building of this caliber,” said Rich Michal, chair of the USGBC Arizona chapter.  “LEED Silver certification is rare among our local financial institutions and reflects Wells Fargo’s commitment to sustainable building practices, our community and its employees.”

Environmental features in the new store include:

  • Light harvesting system, which adjusts lighting according to available daylight helping to reduce energy usage by 20 percent*
  • Tile contains 40 percent recycled waste from the manufacturing process, including wastewater and sludge from milling and rejected tiles that would have gone to landfill
  • Ceiling tiles contain 63 percent recycled pre-consumer waste with no added formaldehyde
  • All wall paints are low-VOC 100 percent latex and certified by the Greenguard™ Environmental Institute, contributing to superior indoor air quality
  • Task chairs contain 62 percent recycled material (including approximately 26 two-liter soda bottles), contain no PVCs, and are 94 percent recyclable, earning Cradle to Cradle™ Certification 
  • Workstations contain 52 percent recycled content, with more than 90 percent of wood substrates composed of sawdust waste; steel frames are 100 percent recyclable  
  • Fully recyclable carpet, window treatments and counter surfaces
  • Use of water saving plumbing fixtures and control devices, which helps to cut water usage by 40 percent*

*Compared to conventional buildings of the same type.

My take?  Over and over and over again? Superior customer service, great community partners, and outstanding sustainable stewards of THE PLANET!!!  THREE big green stars from Mrs. Green

p.s. Thanks for letting me know, Larry.  NOT!!!!