Energy-Efficient Buildings

Schwab works with property owners and landlords to make its San Francisco buildings “green,” up to and including qualification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Corporate Headquarters Green Initiative

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance environmentally-friendly buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Schwab’s major facilities in San Francisco are either LEED-certified or scheduled to be qualified within the next two years

In January 2009, one of Schwab’s corporate headquarters buildings, 215 Fremont Street, won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Energy Star, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection.

Other Eco-Friendly Practices

  • We use drought-tolerant plants and xeriscaping.
  • All Schwab employee cafes use pure vegetable oil, styrofoam with no CFCs, and recycled paper napkins.
  • Restrooms have pressure-assist water-saving toilets and low-flow urinals.
  • Schwab participates in "Green Design" wherever feasible; for example, both Milliken and Interface carpets are manufactured with recycled materials, and old carpet is recycled.
  • Schwab uses ecologically and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies that are non-fuming, non-toxic, and people-safe.
  • Environmentally friendly integrated pest control methods are used.

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