Reducing paper is a win for the environment, a win for our customers and a win for our business. We are committed to finding effective ways to provide customers with information while minimizing paper. By raising awareness of the responsible use of paper, we also support sustainable forest management certification programs. Our commitment to responsible paper use includes:
- TD Forests: Through the TD Forests program we have two goals: 1) reduce the amount of paper we use and ensure the paper we purchase is from sustainably managed forests and 2) grow the area of protected natural forest ecosystems across North America. We've partnered with The Nature Conservancy to protect more than 2 football fields of forest habitat each and every day.
- Recycling: 30% of our office-based paper waste stream is disposed of through our participation in the Boise® Closed Loop System, a paper recycling program that diverts paper waste from landfills and reuses it in the production of recycled office paper. This initiative diverts 1,500 metric tonnes of our office paper waste from landfill every year.
- Providing e-Banking Options: We want to help our customers who are interested in reducing their paper with convenient options like online banking, mobile banking and online statements.
We were the first North American-based bank to become carbon neutral in 2010, and this commitment has transformed the way we use energy and manage our buildings.
- Renewable Energy: All of our electricity, including our ATM network, is supplied by renewable energy.
- In 2012, TD Bank received the Green Power Partner Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- TD was named to the Bloomberg Clean Energy Index for 2012
- Real Estate: Our green building design standards challenge us to design buildings that produce energy rather than consume it.
- In 2012, 100% of new retail locations in the U.S. were built to achieve LEED certification, and we will continue to apply this policy.
- TD Bank has opened more than 71 Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) Stores and corporate offices.
- We were the first to open a net-zero energy bank location in the U.S. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This store is designed to produce more electricity than it uses and was featured in Chain Store Age's 2012 Retail Store of the Year Design Competition, winning the Sustainability category.
Our employees and community partners are our biggest environmental advocates and we've developed a number of programs such as employee tree planting events through TD Tree Days, and grants for local forestry projects through TD Green Streets.
In 2012 The New York City Parks Foundation presented TD Bank with a Green Leaf Award for our work in promoting local green spaces as essential community resources.