For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 12, 2014 – Twenty-six Union Bank, N.A. retail branches throughout California have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Certification, the national symbol for energy efficiency, saving money, preventing the release of greenhouse gases, and protecting the environment. Union Bank has one of the highest number of branches earning this distinction among financial institutions in the state in 2013.
“We are honored to be recognized for our company’s dedication to the environment as we proactively pursue initiatives that help protect the environment in the communities that we serve,” said vice president and environmental specialist of Union Bank’s Environmental Stewardship Department Kim Luu. “The ENERGY STAR certification designation stands as validation of excellence in energy performance, and Union Bank is committed to raising the bar in its environmentally 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, number of personal computers, etc., to determine a 1-100 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 community bank branches in recognition of our longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility,” said Union Bank Executive Vice President Michael Feldman, head of Branch Banking. “Union Bank is dedicated to building vibrant and sustainable communities where we serve through our product offerings and services for our customers along with our bank operations.” The 26 Union Bank branches improved their energy performance making cost-effective improvements to their buildings and by managing energy strategically.
Union Bank Branches receiving ENERGY STAR certification:
Fountain Valley – Orange County
Mid-Peninsula – Regional Office
To learn more about Union Bank’s commitment to the environment visit Environmental Sustainability.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.9 billion at December 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 420 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on December 31, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit http://www.unionbank.com for more information.
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.