By Charlotte Business Journal

Wells Fargo & Co. has received a leadership award from the U.S. Green Building Council for its commitment to environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation.

Wells Fargoâ¿¿s green-building achievements include the implementation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines in more than half its branches. The San Francisco-based bank (NYSE:WFC) plans to implement those standards in all branches, representing about 6,000 buildings and 30 million square feet.

It installed solar panels on 11 branches in Denver, Colo,, that generate more than 300,000 kilowatt-hours

of renewable energy.

The Duke Energy Center in Charlotte earned the platinum designation, the highest level of LEED certification. Wells Fargo provided more than $3.8 billion in financing for LEED buildings since 2006.

⿿We⿿re honored to be recognized for our efforts to build and operate our properties in a way that provides better banking experiences for our customers, a healthier work environment for our team members and a cleaner environment for the communities we serve,⿝ says Bob Chlebowski, executive vice president.

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