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Fifty-Two Union Bank Branches Earn the ENERGY STAR Certification for Superior Energy

For Immediate Release

Contacts:
Jane Yedinak
(415) 773-2497
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 8, 2016) – Fifty-two Union Bank retail branches throughout California and Washington have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Certification, the national symbol for energy efficiency, saving money, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting the environment. Union Bank has the highest number of branches earning this distinction among financial institutions nationally in 2015. In California, out of a total of 59 bank branches from all financial institutions that earned the ENERGY STAR certification, 47 were Union Bank. In Washington, Union Bank was the only financial institution to have ENERGY STAR-certified branches, where the bank maintains five. 

"We are honored to again be recognized for our company's dedication to protecting and preserving the environment within the communities that we serve," said Union Bank Vice President and Environmental Specialist Kim Luu. "The ENERGY STAR certification designation is a proud achievement and signifies that our branches are among the most energy-efficient in the country, and highlights our commitment to sustainable business practices." 

The EPA's ENERGY STAR program evaluates entire building energy data and normalizes for building use characteristics such as its age, size, location, number of occupants, and number of personal computers to determine a 1 to100 score for certain space types. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR Certification, a building must have a score of 75 or higher, indicating that a building is performing in the top 25 percent compared to similar buildings nationwide. 

"We are pleased to receive the ENERGY STAR certification for our 52 bank branches in recognition of our leadership in environmental responsibility," said Union Bank Head of Retail Banking and Enterprise Marketing for the Americas, Pierre P. Habis. "As a responsible corporate citizen, we believe that caring for our environment is not only a civic responsibility but also an essential part of a good business strategy." 

The 52 Union Bank branches improved their energy performance by making cost-effective improvements to their buildings and through the efforts of local employees to use energy efficiently.

Union Bank Branches receiving ENERGY STAR certification:

Union Bank Branch
Washington City
Ballard
Seattle
Edmonds Branch
Edmonds
Kirkland Branch
Kirkland
Monroe Branch
Monroe
Totem Lake Office
Kirkland
Union Bank Branch
California City
Auburn
Auburn
Barstow
Barstow
Bayside
Newport Beach
Bishop Office
Bishop
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Burlingame
Burlingame
Capitola Office
Capitola
Carlsbad
Carlsbad
Cedar & Herndon
Fresno
Cerritos
Artesia
Coalinga
Coalinga
Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa
Cypress
Cypress
Davis
Davis
Delano
Delano
East Village
San Diego
El Camino Real
Oceanside
Fallbrook
Fallbrook
Fountain Valley OC
Fountain Valley
Fremont
Fremont
Garden Grove
Garden Grove
Irvine
Irvine
Kentfield
Kentfield
Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel
Manhattan Village
Manhattan Beach
Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill
Naples
Long Beach
National City
National City
Oakland
Oakland
Oceanside
Oceanside
Orange Cove
Orange Cove
Palo Alto Main
Palo Alto
Placerville
Placerville
Point Loma
San Diego
Puente Hills
City of Industry
Redwood City
Redwood City
Riverside
Riverside
San Jose North 1st Street
San Jose
San Leandro
San Leandro
San Rafael
San Rafael
South Bay
Torrance
Stevens Creek
San Jose
Stockton - El Dorado St.
Stockton
Stockton - Pacific Ave.
Stockton
Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale
Watsonville
Watsonville
Westgate
San Jose
Branches

To learn more about Union Bank's commitment to the environment visit, see Environmental Sustainability

About MUFG Union Bank, N.A. 
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States. We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial and retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers. We also offer an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, capital markets, and other services. With assets of $115.4 billion, as of December 31, 2015, MUFG Union Bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks. MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately ¥295.8 trillion (JPY) or $2.5 trillion (USD)1, as of December 31, 2015. The corporate headquarters (principal executive office) for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, which is the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, is in New York City. The main banking office of MUFG Union Bank is in San Francisco, California. 

About ENERGY STAR 
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

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