At Union Bank our commitment to the environment extends to our culture and operations. We believe caring for our environment is not only a civic responsibility but also an essential part of a good business strategy. Our environmental sustainability goal is to protect and preserve the environment within the scope of our business reach.
At Union Bank we understand the importance of sustainable buildings in our operations. In our new construction and remodels where possible, we implement sustainability-oriented improvements.
Sustainable building operations
We believe in operating our buildings in a sustainable manner. We have upgraded our signage to energy-efficient LEDs and are in the process of other lighting upgrades, such as using energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs and installing motion sensors. We have implemented a company wide "green cleaning" program using nontoxic chemicals. To conserve water, we are implementing various projects, including:
We are evaluating sustainable operation processes on an organization-wide scale, working hard to continually improve our building operations.
Conserving our valuable resources
Banking on sustainability
Sustainable bank and finance
Fifty-two Union Bank retail branches throughout California and Washington were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR designation in 2015, the national mark of excellence in energy performance. Union Bank participated in the 2015 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, a contest that represents excellence in energy performance. The San Clemente Branch earned the great honor of Top Energy Saver Bank Branch for reducing energy usage by the most of any bank branch in the contest nationwide. Eight additional branches were also recognized by the EPA for exceeding the Agency’s 20% energy savings goal.
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD certification to our San Francisco and San Diego headquarters buildings. LEED recognizes sustainability in the design, operation, and livability of buildings. LEED certification reflects both environmental and financial benefits, including: lower operating costs, less waste sent to landfills, energy and water conservation, increased health and safety for occupants, and a reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
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