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By Natalie Abatemarco, Managing Director, Citi Community Development September 25, 2012 09:00 AM
I recently had the opportunity to join a coalition of committed public, private and nonprofit sector leaders at the 2012 Veteran Access to Housing Summit, where we shared ideas about how to end veteran homelessness. Hosted by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), this gathering was supported by Citi as a joint effort of our Citi Salutes initiative and Citi Community Development.
Safe, sustainable and affordable housing is one of the many challenges facing those who have served our nation - whether they returned home decades ago or in recent months as a result of the continued drawdown of troops. Statistics drawn from NCHV reports paint a stark picture:
- Nearly one in seven homeless adults is a veteran.
- About 145,000 veterans experience homelessness at some point during the year, and approximately 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness.
- There is a critical need for 90,000 units of permanent housing for homeless and low-income veterans.
June 21, 2012 11:30 AM
Yesterday, Citi celebrated the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification of its New York City flagship branch in Union Square, becoming the world's first bank with 200 LEED-certified projects. LEED is the U.S Green Building Council's leading rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.
By Irene Blake, Coordinator of Citi’s US “Wireless Drop-Off” June 05, 2012 09:00 AM
Citi holds a drive each year to gather and donate wireless devices our employees no longer need. The drive is an important component of our Sustainable Technology program, and combines Citi's commitment to responsible asset management through recycling with our passion for active involvement in the communities where we work and live.
In 2011, our US employees collected more than 2,500 no-longer-used wireless devices. We wanted not only to keep them out of landfills, but also to give them new life while helping those in need. We worked with HopeLine® from Verizon to have our "data-scrubbed" devices recycled and disposed of under a zero-landfill policy.
May 07, 2012 03:00 PMMayor Bloomberg, DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Citi CEO Vikram Pandit. May 7, 2012 (Photo Credit: Mayor's Office / Edward Reed)
Today, Citi CEO Vikram Pandit, New York Citi Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that Citi will be the title sponsor for New York City's new bike share program, "Citi Bike." The $41 million sponsorship will create the nation's largest public bike share system at no cost to taxpayers.
Launching this July in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the program will provide a new, affordable, 24/7 transportation option. New Yorkers currently make many short trips each day - 54 percent of all trips are under two miles. With 10,000 bikes and 600 bike docking stations, the signature blue Citi Bikes will improve access to the subway and allow New Yorkers access to bikes without worrying about bike parking or storage.
April 26, 2012 09:00 AM
Citi CEO Vikram Pandit recently contributed to Business Roundtable's fifth sustainability report, "Create, Grow, Sustain", which features stories from CEOs on how their companies are innovatively addressing sustainability, job creation and the growth of the U.S. economy.
Read an excerpt of his contribution:
By John Killey, Global Head of Building Operations, Citi Realty Services April 09, 2012 03:15 PM
For the third straight year, Bank Technology News named Citi one of America's greenest banks. In its April issue, the publication praises four organizations that have held on to environmental goals even in times of economic stress.
Citi was recognized in particular for multiple aspects of its Operations & Technology Sustainability program, including its creative data center management strategy, virtualization and data storage management, and the environmental software management system deployed by Citi Realty Services to monitor carbon footprint, energy consumption and waste management across all of Citi's 12,000+ properties.