USAA’s Behemoth San Antonio Office Building Earns Gold for Being Green


Most of San Antonio-area residents know USAA – they bank there, are insured there or know someone who works there. But many may not know just how “green” the Fortune 200 financial services company is. A recent recognition illustrated that fact when USAA’s McDermott Building in San Antonio earned LEED Gold certification for its green and sustainable practices. LEED certification is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

It’s a noteworthy achievement for a 4.2 million square-foot building that’s decades old and spans three-quarters of a mile in length. While LEED certification isn’t new to USAA buildings – five other USAAowned- and-operated buildings are also LEED-certified for their environmentally friendly practices – the McDermott Building is unique due to its size and age. It is now the largest LEED-certified office building in the state and one of the largest in the nation.

Notable “green” activities at USAA include reducing electrical consumption 24 percent across all USAA-owned-and-operated facilities since 2008, recycling an average of 63% of its waste each year since 2008, and reducing fresh-water consumption by almost 50 million gallons since 2008.

For more about USAA’s environmental commitment and practices, visit For more information about LEED certification, visit

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