BANK OF AMERICA OPENS ITS FIRST “GREEN BANK” IN THE U.S.A. IN ADELANTO Victorville Daily Press | 27-Aug-2008
According to the Victorville Daily Press, January 11, 2008, the Bank of America has opened its first one of a kind Green Bank in the United States. The Bank is located at 14218 Highway 395. Adelanto, California. It’s insulated with blue jeans, and it’s being called the “Greenest” bank ever built. “This is definitely the crown jewel of banking centers when it comes to the environment.”
The building uses 100 percent green power. It generates 60 percent of its energy from 64 rooftop solar panels. The energy not generated on site comes from wind turbines, and the energy not used is returned to the power grid that serves most of Southern California. More than 20 percent of the construction materials are recycled, including all the countertops, which are made of wheat byproducts. This branch is the first of its kind, and more are planned as part of Bank of America’s $20 billion environmental commitment.
Raquel Gonzalez, Bank of America region executive, was thrilled that Adelanto was picked for this flagship branch. “We are so excited to be part of a growing community,” Gonzalez said. “To have a banking center that is truly futuristic is very exciting for us.”