Oakland, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Wachovia Corporation plans to open its first eight green banking offices in Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara and Riverside counties in California, starting in November 2007. California offices will begin opening in 2007, and by the end of 2008, every new Wachovia financial center opened throughout the U.S. will be built to LEED specifications. Plus, Wachovia plans to build at least 300 nationwide by 2010. The 300 green financial centers will reduce energy use by at least 20 percent and consume 25 percent less water. Plus, Wachovia will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset the power use of its green branches and boost investment in renewable energy.