Environmental Leadership in Our Communities
Passionate and charged to improve our organization's environmental practices, Alpine Bank employees started a grassroots effort called the Green Team in 2005. As the initiative grew and modest successes were recognized, the growing interest and excitement led to a more formalized program and the development of Alpine Bank's Environmental Management System (EMS). These structured practices provide a framework to measure our progress, assess our impacts and continually improve our results. Alpine Bank's EMS is now earning recognition statewide for environmental leadership. In 2014, ColoradoBiz magazine named Alpine Bank as one of the 50 greenest organizations in the state. In addition, in 2016, Alpine Bank was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame.
Our Standard of Excellence
Since 2006, Alpine Bank has earned and maintains certification to the ISO 14001 standard—the universally recognized standard for environmental management. Receiving this certification verifies to our community and business partners that we have an effective environmental policy in place, that we are continuously improving our environmental practices and that we are working to implement our policy throughout our bank operations. ISO 14001 also requires that we educate and communicate within our communities about our environmental efforts and opportunities. An internationally accredited audit firm, KPMG, audits our program to hold us accountable to the highest environmental standards in addition to our internal auditors assessing our efforts.
Will You Join Us?
We invite you to review our Annual Environment Report to assess our accomplishments, current efforts and future goals. Additionally, we hope our actions inspire and encourage individuals, groups, businesses and our communities to help sustain and protect our natural environment.
We welcome any comments or questions you may have, and we encourage your ideas on ways we can continue to improve.
As part of our education and outreach, Alpine Bank offers several complimentary e-publications including the Colorado Alpine e-line, regional Alpine e-line and Financial News. The Colorado Alpine e-line incorporates local, state and national news bytes. We frequently use this vehicle to offer green tips, resources and information about environmental efforts that are supported locally and regionally. The regional Alpine e-line is a one-page informational resource made up of region-specific local news bytes. The Financial News is an informative publication featuring Alpine Bank Wealth Management.
JUNE 2014 – ColoradoBiz Magazine highlighted each of the chosen Top 50 Greenest Companies in its July/August issue, noting that it looked to uncover green companies who “go above and beyond the basics with pioneering programs and policies to preserve the planet.”
Alpine Bank was honored to be recognized in the Financial/Consulting/Professional Services category as one of six organizations whose sustainable practices are setting new industry standards – and as the only bank to make the top 50 list at all.
MARCH 2010 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Alpine Bank membership in the 2010 Green Power Leadership Club, an elite group of Green Power Partners who are demonstrating exemplary environmental leadership.
The EPA Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Green power is electricity produced from a subset of renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Partner organizations must buy green power in amounts proportional to their annual electricity use. Each year, Partners are asked to update EPA when a change occurs to their green power purchase or partnership status. The Green Power Leadership Club (GPLC) honors Partners that substantially exceed EPA's minimum purchase requirements for an organization-wide commitment. Since the 2nd quarter of 2009, Alpine Bank has purchased 100% green electric power directly from their utility providers (where available). The Bank became an EPA Green Power Partner in June of 2009.
Alpine Bank Vice Chairman and President Glen Jammaron says, "We're honored to receive this recognition, however green power is a very small part of what we do. We strive to measure all of our green initiatives with efficiency, effectiveness, and durability."
JANUARY 2009 – Alpine Bank South Rifle was awarded LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED Green Building Rating System™ is considered the national benchmark for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and high-performance buildings. Alpine Bank's South Rifle facility is the first financial services institution to earn LEED Certification in Colorado.
Alpine Bank is committed to the needs of our customers, employees, shareholders, and communities. We believe that our long-term health and success is directly linked to the health and quality of the natural environment. We endeavor to continuously improve our environmental performance and environmental management system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and prevent pollution by adopting and promoting:
- Renewable Resources
- Resource Efficient Products, Services and Practices
- Community Outreach, Awareness, and Education
Through our actions, we aim to influence and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Periodic internal audits and management reviews of our environmental objectives and targets help to assure that our actions are consistent with our policies, and compliant with all applicable environmental regulations and compliance obligations. Finally, we communicate our environmental policy and actions with our communities, and we welcome their participation.
ISO 14001 Certification
In 2006 we formalized our environmental efforts and retained KPMG, an internationally accredited audit firm, to assess our Green Team program for certification to the highest environmental management standards. Since 2006, Alpine Bank has earned and maintains certification to the "ISO 14001" standard - the universally recognized standard for environmental management.
Certification to ISO 14001 verifies to our community and business partners that we have an effective environmental policy in place, that we are continuously improving our environmental practices, and that we are working to implement our policy throughout our bank operations. ISO 14001 also requires that we educate and communicate within our communities about our environmental efforts and opportunities.
To support our Green Team efforts and our ISO 14001 certification, Alpine Bank's internal auditors assess each location and provide feedback to bank managers on their facility operations, processes and practices. Our audit team evaluates each bank location's environmental practices including our efforts to use clean energy, conserve water, recycle, select and use recycled paper products and green cleaners, and safely store any chemical products we use.
These checks and balances also assure that we understand our environmental impacts, and that we all take actions to improve our practices and systems over time. Saving energy and water and reducing pollution and waste also saves us money and helps us provide better cleaner services to our customers and community. Boundary Statement available upon request.
Local Community Programs
This nonprofit’s goal is to ensure more than 50% of Colorado’s current waste stream is diverted to reuse/remanufacturing or compost by advancing infrastructure, end markets and policies in waste reduction, recovery and diversion. Contact Programs Director Laura Levesque at [email protected]. Visit Recycle Colorado here.
The Alliance Center
Demonstrating sustainability in action, mobilizing change agents to accelerate solutions and bringing people together to solve systemic problems all drive the work of the Alliance Center. To learn more about their programs—Climate+Democracy, Living Laboratory and Best for Colorado, contact Brenna Simmons-St. Onge at [email protected]. Visit the Alliance Center here.
Having developed a proven air quality monitoring solution for citizen scientists and air quality professionals alike, PurpleAir offers real-time air quality monitoring through a network built on a new generation of “Internet of Things” sensors. Email: [email protected] or [email protected]. Visit PurpleAir here.
Phones 4 Charity – Cell Phone Recycling Drop-Off
Each Alpine Bank location is a drop-off point for old cell phones. Just bring in your old cell phone (please make sure it is inactive) and any accompanying accessories. The phones/accessories are refurbished and donated to various community assistance organizations or they are disassembled and recycled.
CFL Bulb Recycling
In partnership with Holy Cross Energy, all Alpine Bank locations within the Holy Cross Energy service area accepts burned out CFL light bulbs for recycling. These bulbs contain a very small amount of mercury and should be recycled versus thrown out to end up in our local landfill. (Small bulbs only!)
Self-Service Paper Shredding
Alpine Bank Glenwood Springs (2200 Grand Avenue) has a secure, self-service paper shredding machine location in the vestibule by the ATM machine. The machine is accessed by cash. The shredder can be accessed 24 hours a day.
Raptor Education Fund and Driving for Wildlife
The Denver-based Raptor Education Foundation offers the only state-authorized program to issue license plates that support the environment. All that is required to Drive For Wildlife is to make a modest one time tax-exempt donation to the Denver-based Raptor Education Foundation and pay a one-time fee of $25 to your county motor vehicle department. The plate is transferable from vehicle to vehicle as long as you are the owner of the vehicle. Visit www.usaref.org for details.
Holy Cross Energy
Memberships and Affiliations
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC's mission is to transform the way buildings are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous build environment that improves the quality of life in communities.
Alpine Bank was awarded LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the USGBC. LEED Green Building Rating System™ is considered the national benchmark for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and high performance buildings. Alpine Bank's South Rifle facility is the first financial services institution to earn LEED Certification in Colorado. In addition, Alpine Bank Telluride and Ridgway are seeking LEED Certification for their remodel and new location, respectively.
Colorado State Environmental Leadership Program
The Environmental Leadership Program is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (the Department) Sustainability Program. The Environmental Leadership Program offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement.
Colorado Carbon Fund
The Colorado Carbon Fund provides high quality carbon offsets to consumers as a way to support new energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our state. The Colorado Carbon Fund partners with local governments, community groups, and businesses across the state on our Project C outreach and education campaign, and a portion of all funds raised stay in the local community.
Alpine Bank will strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operations beginning with the types of products we purchase. We believe that proactive and successful purchasing efforts will significantly reduce our environmental burdens and enhance our stewardship of the resources within our communities. Some of the ways we will incorporate proactive purchasing efforts are as follows:
- Renewable Resources: We will look for products that do not deplete the quality of nature and resources.
- Resource Efficient: We will look for certified products that use less energy while providing the same or better quality of service. For example, Energy Star and Green Seal are certifications for environmentally friendly products.
- Recycled Content: We will look for products with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content, which will assure a growing market for all the material we collect for recycling.
- Pollution Prevention: We will look for products that keep pollutants and toxins out of the air and landfills, e.g. low-mercury lamps, sealed recyclable batteries and non-petroleum based lubricants.
- Supply Chain: We will communicate to our business partners our Environmental and Purchasing Policies with the goal of extending our influence by purchasing products and services that further reduce overall environmental impact.
We will work with our business partners to minimize their use of packaging for products we purchase, and to promote environmentally friendly materials and processes in their operations.
Green Team Accomplishments
ISO 140001 Certification:
Since 2006, Alpine Bank has earned and maintains the ISO 140001 certification-the internationally recognized “gold” standard for environmental management. The bank remains the only U.S.-based financial institution to earn this rigorous certification.
To learn more, visit www.iso.org/iso-14001-environmental-management
Delta County Seed Library:
Alpine Bank partners with Delta County Library to assist with its spring launch and countywide expansion of the Delta County Seed Library program. In simple terms, a seed library is just how it sounds—it loans seeds to gardeners of all levels. A seed library benefits the entire community. Residents can access free seeds and enjoy the fruits of their labor a few months later. The Delta County Seed Library started as a pilot program in the North Fork area and is now available at all five Delta County library branches. To learn more about the Seed Library, visit www.deltalibraries.org .
Denver locations retain Certifiably Green Denver status:
Alpine Bank, with Denver branch locations at Union Station LoDo and Cherry Creek North, is the first financial institution to receive the seal of a Certifiably Green Denver business. Certifiably Green Denver, administered by Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, is a free program that helps businesses find opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental liability through pollution prevention.
When a business applies to the program, the city assigns an adviser to visit and help the owner assess water-conservation options, energy-efficiency options and ways to minimize waste and save money. In order to qualify for certification, businesses must implement and maintain energy efficiency, water conservation, resource management, alternative transportation and business management.
“Achieving Certifiably Green Denver certification is a wonderful recognition of our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Matt Teeters, Alpine Bank Union Station president.
Actively Green, Vail Valley:
Alpine Bank, Edwards location earns Actively Green certification:
Actively Green is a Vail Valley-wide campaign intended to engage all residents, guests and organizations in caring for our region’s unique natural environment. It is a reminder that regardless of where we live, for whom we work, or how we choose to recreate, collectively our quality of life and our visitors’ experiences are dependent on the preservation of the outdoor playground we all share.
Alpine Bank receives national award:
American Bankers Association(ABA) awarded Alpine Bank its distinguished Community and Economic Development award for the bank’s Community Solar Program which donates bank-purchased solar panels to a local nonprofit to help low income families.
The ABA Foundation Community Commitment Awards recognize and promote the many valuable ways banks of all sizes contribute to economic growth, community development and enhancing the quality of life in the communities they serve.
Tips and Resources
Adopting Renewable Resources
Solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal are all viable sources of renewable energy. Please visit these sites to learn more about available technologies, information resources, and incentives for homes and businesses in Colorado.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
You probably already know that there are many areas of your life where you can take smart actions that will save you money and improve your health, while curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Some are things you can do inside your home, others outside in your yard, when you're at the store, while you're on the road and even when you're considering major investments. In fact, there are things you can do anywhere and everywhere.
More information on global warming, and actions underway by the US Conference of Mayors:
Preventing Pollution Before It Happens
Preventing pollution at the source is a critical step in achieving a sustainable society. Here are a couple sites that offer resources to help prevent pollution in your home and business.
Finding Resource Efficient Products
What we buy makes a big difference in our global and local environments and economies. Visit these sites to learn about energy efficient appliances, green building and materials, and consumer products that have a cleaner life cycle and smaller environmental footprint.