A Western Colorado-based bank has retained its certification for meeting international standards for environmental management.
Alpine Bank has been recertified for another three years to maintain its International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 designation. Alpine Bank first earned the designation in 2006 and has been recertified three times since then. The bank remains the only financial institution based in the United States that has earned this distinction.
“The ISO 14001 environment management standard challenges us to make our best better internally and in partnership with our communities,” said David Miller, a vice president who also serves as chairman of the green team at Alpine Bank.
Miller said Alpine Bank has reduced its total annual electricity use by 7.5 percent since 2012 and invested more than $770,000 this past year in a total of 940 photovoltaic panels at four community solar gardens developed by the Clean Energy Collective.
Alpine Bank routinely hosts community paper shredding events, and employees volunteer for highway and river cleanups, Miller added.
The ISO, the world’s largest standards developing organization, and has published more than 19,000 international standards since its inception in 1947. The ISO 14001 standard specifically relates to environmental activities and stipulates requirements for an effective environmental management. To meet requirements, businesses must minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by their activities and achieve continuous improvement of environmental performance.
KPMG Performance Registrar, an internationally accredited ISO auditor, audited Alpine Bank in January as part of the recertification process. KPMG reviewed the Alpine Bank environmental management plan and visited nine Alpine Bank locations to ensure system practices were being implemented. Employees were also questioned during the audit to assess their understanding of the plan.
Headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Alpine Bank operates 37 locations and employs 600 people across Colorado.