For Immediate Release
Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C)
October 16, 2013

Citi is the First Company in Haiti to Obtain LEED Certification


The bank's new offices in the country have been LEED certified by the U.S Green Building Council

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti – Citi Haiti recently obtained LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its new offices in Port-au-Prince. The building is the first on the island to be designed and built according to the highest environmental standards in an effort to earn the LEED certification.

LEED is an internationally recognized system for certifying and evaluating sustainable buildings based on their incorporation of key features. Some of the highlights that earned Citi the certification include:

  • Energy efficiency: The building consumes 20 percent less electricity than a baseline energy efficient building.
  • Improved indoor environmental quality: Provided individual lighting for 90 percent of the building occupants.
  • Water efficiency: Landscaped areas require no permanent irrigation and are low maintenance.
  • Sustainable construction materials & common areas: More than 50 percent of parking spaces are under cover.
  • Recycling: Placed bins throughout the office to recycle paper, glass, plastics, cardboard and metals.

"This is a great milestone for us at Citi, and we are proud to be the first bank in Haiti to receive this important certification, said John Lopez, Citi Country Officer in Haiti. Our commitment to protecting the environment is yet another way for us to give back to the communities where we live and work."

LEED certification confirms a structure's reduced ecological impact in terms of energy and water consumption, as well as carbon dioxide emissions. However, it also considers the effect on improving the environmental quality of the spaces, which in turn contributes to increased productivity among the 40 Citi employees who work in the new offices.

This initiative is part of Citi's environmental commitment, which was recognized by Bloomberg magazine's prestigious award as the World's Greenest Bank in 2012, as well as the recent recognition in the 2013/2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) as Global Industry Group Leader for Diversified Financials, for the bank's commendable efforts in this area.

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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