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Union Bank Announces 2013 Energy Star® National Building Competition Winners

For Immediate Release

Jane Yedinak 
(415) 765-3241 

Tanya Peebles-Hill 
(213) 236-5329 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 13, 2014 – Union Bank, N.A. today announced that four of its buildings have been recognized in the 2013 ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, a contest that represents excellence in energy performance. 

With the goals of saving energy and combatting climate change, the competition was staged among commercial and public-sector buildings. In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ENERGY STAR program, participants measured, tracked, and reported their monthly energy consumption using Portfolio Manager®, EPA’s online energy management tool. Following the competition, four Union Bank branches have been recognized by the EPA for exceeding the Agency’s 20 percent energy savings goal — as measured by their energy use in 2013 compared to 2012. These banking offices are the Sunny Hills Branch in Fullerton, Fremont Branch, Encinitas Branch, and Palos Verdes Branch in Rolling Hills Estates. 

“Union Bank’s participation and success in this Energy Star competition speaks to our company-wide dedication to environmental sustainability,” said Senior Vice President and Environmental Officer of Union Bank’s Environmental Stewardship Department Susan Miller. “Union Bank is committed to not only raising environmental awareness, but continuously working toward increased energy efficiency in our buildings by engaging our employees. Energy Star tools and resources are critical to benchmarking our progress.” 

“This contest is one of the many green initiatives Union Bank supports in an effort to build healthy, sustainable communities,” said Union Bank Senior Vice President and Director of Facilities Management David Gunter. “We are proud of the dedication of our facilities team and employees throughout all of our banking offices for their continued commitment to environmental stewardship in the communities that we serve.” 

Union Bank’s entry in the EPA’s annual contest was spearheaded by the Environmental Stewardship Department in partnership with Corporate Real Estate.

Here is how the bank’s branches ranked:

Union Bank Branch
Branch Manager
Energy Use
Sunny Hills
Linda Smith
Reema Ahluwalia
Lou Palestini
Palos Verdes
Isai Amaya
Rolling Hills Estates

Click here to learn more about Union Bank’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A. 
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $107.2 billion at March 31, 2014. 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 422 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on March 31, 2014. 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 for more information. 

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.