Georgetown, Texas Citi, a world leader in financial services, announced today the opening of its data center in Georgetown, Texas - one of the first newly constructed data centers in the world to receive LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the USGBC's leading rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy-efficient, and high-performing buildings. Officials from Texas, USGBC and Citi celebrated the official opening and LEED certification in a ceremony today at the site.
"Ensuring that our facilities are as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible benefits not only Citi, but also our customers and the community at large," said Marty Lippert, Citi's Chief Technology and Operations Officer. "I'm proud to work for a company that recognizes this and that is taking so many significant steps to be a leader in both social and environmental sustainability. These are areas where innovation is crucial."
"Buildings represent 38.9 percent of U.S. energy use, and data centers in particular are known for their high energy consumption," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The LEED Gold certification of Citi's new data center is an inspiration for others around the globe. Both the Georgetown community and Citi's customers can be proud of it."
"Green" features at the Georgetown data center include programs that alert operators if mechanical and electrical systems are not operating at their optimal efficiency, pollution controls on its generators that remove 90 percent of the nitrogen oxides from the exhaust, and native landscaping and irrigation systems designed to reduce irrigation water consumption by 50 percent. About 50 employees work in the 305,000-square-foot facility, which houses Citi computer systems and components.
Citi was one of the first global financial services companies to publicly join the fight to slow climate change and reduce energy dependence. It was a leader in the development of both the Equator Principles and the Carbon Principles, which established best practices for assessing and mitigating environmental, economic and social risks in project finance. In 2007, Citi pledged $50 billion over the next ten years to address global climate change, including a $10 billion commitment to reduce its corporate environmental footprint through procurement, energy use and its own real estate portfolio as part of its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2011.
Other major Citi projects that have received LEED certification include two Citi office parks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a new 15-story skyscraper in New York City at Two Court Square in Queens. Citi also was the first company to achieve pre-certification through a USGBC Portfolio Program pilot under the "LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors" rating system, meaning that new Citibank and CitiFinancial branch offices will all be designed in accordance with a prototype and apply for LEED certification, using the same environmentally friendly features.
More information about Citi's environmental efforts can be found at http://www.citigroup.com/citi/citizen/.
Citi, the leading global financial services company, has some 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries, providing 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, and wealth management. Citi's major brand names include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Citi Smith Barney, Banamex and Nikko. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.
U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEEDÂ® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 79 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.