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.
Twenty-six Union Bank retail branches throughout California were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR designation in 2013, the national mark of excellence in energy performance. Learn more
. Union Bank participated in the 2013 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, a contest that represents excellence in energy performance. Four of its buildings were recognized by the EPA for exceeding the Agency’s 20 percent energy savings goal. Learn More
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. Learn more about the San Francisco building
. Learn more about the San Diego building
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:
- Waterless and low-water use urinals
- Low-flow toilets
- Sensor-automated faucets
- Drip irrigation
- Drought-tolerant landscaping
We are evaluating sustainable operation processes on an organization-wide scale, working hard to continually improve our building operations.