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Officials of Evanston-based First Bank & Trust held a reception at their new Skokie branch this evening to celebrate the award of LEED Gold status for the 3,600 square foot building at 4007 Dempster St.

Bank founders Jay Lytle and Bob Yohanan with Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen.

Officials of Evanston-based First Bank & Trust held a reception at their new Skokie branch this evening to celebrate the award of LEED Gold status for the 3,600 square foot building at 4007 Dempster St.

Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen presented a certificate noting the award to bank officials.

Van Dusen said the bank branch was instrumental in reviving the commercial corridor along Dempster and replaced a former gas station on a site that had become environmentally contaminated.

Among other features, the new branch includes a geo-thermal heating system, a highly-insulated naturally ventilated wall system and a green roof to reduce heating and cooling costs.

Native plants combined with a drip irrigation system reduce water use for landscaping at the bank by more than 50 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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