SUSTAINABLE WEALTH MANAGEMENT FIRM
Known as “The Sustainable Wealth Management Firm”, Vanderbilt Financial Group maintains a focus on impact investing. Our organizational goals are aligned with the intention to bring about positive social and environmental change through our business and investments. We are committed to being a responsible business in the world, similar to the unwavering commitment we have made to our advisors and our staff.
What does sustainable mean to us? A sustainable business is one that has minimal negative impact on the local or global environment, community, society, or economy. A sustainable business focuses on a triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. At Vanderbilt, we incorporate principles of sustainability into each of our business decisions.
LEED Platinum at HQ
In September of 2015, Vanderbilt Financial Group did a complete eco-friendly renovation to our Headquarters and was awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), making it Long Island’s first LEED Platinum office building. This certification sets an example of environmental responsibility for the entire community to emulate.
Reducing our Energy Consumption and Waste
Our utilities and business overhead have dramatically reduced our energy consumption and waste production due to our adoption of new technology. Through the 295 solar panel array located on our white roof, we typically generate 115 MWH annually which covers an average of 95.3% of our energy usage. Our state-of-the-art HVAC system promotes fresh air exchange to purify the air while reducing energy usage by 50%. In addition, all of the material that was used in our renovation, including paint, carpeting, bricks, furniture, etc., came from within a 500-mile radius of the building to ensure that an excessive amount of fuel was not used in transportation of materials.
Embracing Technology to Reduce Environmental Impact
In addition to our energy efficient and state-of-the-art LEED Certified Platinum Headquarters, embracing platforms like Docupace and Docusign through our technology stack has allowed Vanderbilt to go paperless for client accounts firm-wide, resulting in saving 26,558 lbs of wood, 71,122 gallons of water, 3,922 lbs of paper waste, and further reducing our carbon footprint by 59,822 lbs of CO2. (source: Docusign®)
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In addition to all of the green initiatives, we are also self-sustaining. Our onsite natural gas generator can handle extended power outages. We have installed the latest VOIP or Voice Over IP solutions, with redundancy to safeguard against Internet and phone outages.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS
Vanderbilt is the proud recipient of a NYSERDA grant to increase the number of electric car charging stations in NY. We have 85% funding for two electric car charging stations available for employees to use for free.
In order for us to maintain our LEED status, we must follow strict guidelines for recycling in the building with multiple dumpsters on site to get the recycled material to facilities where they can be reused and dumped into landfills.
As a sustainable business we also focus on people. Our beautiful and environmentally friendly building was designed to make us feel healthy. Our building is flooded with natural light from our large windows and skylights. LED lighting is more similar to natural light and therefore make us feel better in the space. We persuade our Vanderbilt family to work on self-wellness and health by encouraging lunch time nature walks or using our treadmill desk in our brainstorming lab.
Vanderbilt Financial Group is an investment firm disrupting traditional finance by focusing on socially and environmentally responsible, ethical, and impactful investments. We do this while keeping our advisors front and center, providing a world-class level of service with a “family office” feel. Headquartered in a LEED-certified Platinum building, our commitment to changing the world begins at home in our office and within our culture. We are a unified team driven by shared values of gratitude, respect, innovation, teamwork, and trustworthiness which we constantly apply to our clients, our community, and our environment.