Johnson Financial Group's headquarters take up a square city block in busy downtown Racine, Wis. An impressive structure of concrete and glass, it is built on a spot where once stood abandoned homes so dilapidated that their roofs had long since crumbled into their basements. Constructing the bank's new home required thousands of square yards of rubble to be carted away. Instead of moving the junk to a landfill, where it would degrade for generations, Johnson Financial hauled the majority of the debris away for recycling.

"We spent a lot more money to recycle the rubble," says Richard Hansen, CEO of $6 billion-asset Johnson Bank. "It didn't seem right to truck it away into the landfill."

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