SOURCE: First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC

August 18, 2008 08:00 ET

First LEED CI Certification in Colorado Springs Goes to First Affirmative Financial Network

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC, a leading provider of investment management and consulting services to financial advisers and their socially conscious clients, has built the first office in Colorado Springs to achieve a LEED® for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification.

First Affirmative's 4,400 square foot office provides numerous green and sustainable features, including cabinets made from 100% recycled wood, use of regional materials, and natural lighting for 90% of the space. The office is near the Pikes Peak Greenway trail and has a bicycle rack and showers.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council as an independent, third-party rating system for sustainable tenant improvements to existing buildings.

"Our decision to build green is an expression of our values as a company and the values of many of our clients," said George R. Gay, First Affirmative CEO. "All of us can make a positive impact by aligning our money with our values."

Energy efficiency is an important part of the new office design. In addition to EnergyStar compliant office equipment, the company offsets 100% of its electrical use by purchasing 141 Mwh of wind power through renewable energy credits. First Affirmative obtained Green-e certified RECs from NativeEnergy.

"First Affirmative is to be commended for achieving LEED certification. This facility will be a showcase for high-performance and an inspiration for others," said Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council.

More About First Affirmative

First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC ( is an independent fee-only Registered Investment Advisor (SEC File #801-5687). The company, which manages about $700 million in client portfolios, offers consulting and asset management services through a nationwide network of investment professionals who specialize in serving socially conscious investors. First Affirmative produces the annual SRI in the Rockies Conference, the premier conference for the sustainable and responsible investment industry in North America in partnership with the non-profit Social Investment Forum.

About the USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council,, works to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated for the purpose of creating environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. The USGBC is a non-profit membership organization with 72 regional chapters, including a Colorado chapter based in Denver.

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