Alpine Bank awarded for renewable energy efforts

Alpine Bank has won national recognition for its involvement in renewable energy production.

Alpine Bank received the grand national award presented by the Independent Community Bankers of America, a trade group representing more than 6,000 banks across the country. Established 15 years ago, the ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards program recognizes bank community service programs.

“Community banks have a proud tradition of volunteer service in their communities, lending a hand where most needed. It is an honor and a privilege to shine a light on this year’s award recipients, whose extraordinary and generous acts of charity uplift us all,” said Camden Fine, president and chief executive officer of the ICBA.

Alpine Bank was one of three 2016 award winners selected from among 200 nominations.

Alpine Bank was recognized for its contributions to renewable energy production. Since 2014, the bank has invested a total of nearly $900,000 in almost 1,100 solar panels from five community projects. Alpine Bank bought 82 panels from Clean Energy Collective to create a community solar garden and then donated ownership of the panels to the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, a nonprofit that subsidizes utility bills for local families in need.

Alpine Bank has been inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame and has maintained its Gold Leader designation in the Environmental Leadership Program in Colorado as well as its ISO 140001 certification for meeting international standards for environmental management.

Based in Glenwood Springs, Alpine Bank operates 38 banking locations across Colorado. For more information, visit www.alpinebank.com.