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PNC Bank signs set to appear in Birmingham on March 2

PNC Bank sign installationThe Birmingham-area locations of RBC Bank have been the scene of images like this one to your left in recent weeks. This photo was taken at the branch located on Crestwood Blvd. last Wednesday, February 15.

The agreement to sell the branches (and all of the U.S. operations) to Pittsburgh, PA-based PNC Bank was announced back in June. Now they’re being prepared for when the change becomes official on March 2. Branches will reopen on March 5 – with no noticeable changes made to the customer-facing side (as reported by the Birmingham Business Journal).

PNC Bank logoIt will be interesting to see how the company integrates into the local business community. Considering the increased focus on sustainable development that’s been happening in the area – particularly UAB’s recent Sustainable Cities Symposium and yesterday’s Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail master plan announcement – the city’s newest financial institution could be an interesting fit.

The bank announced last May that it would undertake constructing a new 33-story corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh – The Tower at PNC Plaza – with hopes that it would be “the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper.” The company is also reportedly responsible for the most new construction projects LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council on the planet. – There are also their company-wide sustainability initiatives (PDF) to keep in mind, including their Green Branch┬« Locations program.

Viridian brings EnergyKey construction to Vestavia Hills

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The oldest known house on Shades Mountain will soon make way for one of the area’s first residential communities to be certified with eco-friendly building practices. NOTE: Click on the image above to see photos from the press conference and images of the house.

Yesterday Mike Wedgworth of Wedgworth Construction, Inc. and Dudley Reynolds of Alagasco spoke about the new 20-home residential development, to be known as Viridian, and a partnership between to the two companies for the project. The 10-acre property located in Vestavia Hills off Tyler Road is the site of a log cabin that dates back to 1819. Brick, stones, logs, flooring and doors from that structure will be salvaged and used in the new home construction. Natural gas service will be available for home heating, water heating and cooking. Vestavia Hills Mayor Scotty McCallum also attended the 2 p.m. news conference.

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Green Third Thursday, The Bottletree

Catalyst is asking┬á you to grab your greatest “green” friend and head out to meet and mingle with Birmingham’s growing sustainability-minded community for this monthly mixer. Learn through the green grapevines about the new Green Resource Center for Alabama in Homewood, how to participate in a sustainability discussion course, and upcoming green building discussions sponsored by the USGBC Alabama Chapter.

So have a cocktail and talk green!

Cost: $0

The Bottletree
3719 3rd Avenue South (directions)