Alpine Bank retains top designation in environmental program

David Miller
David Miller

Alpine Bank has retained its top-level designation in a program that honors Colorado businesses and organizations for their environmental stewardship.

Alpine Bank was recognized as a Gold Leader during the 16th annual Environmental Leadership Awards presentation at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. The Western Colorado-based bank first earned the Gold Leader designation in 2008 and remains the only financial institution that participates in the Environmental Leadership Program.

The latest awards recognized a total of 160 businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government  agencies with gold, silver and bronze designations for going beyond state and federal regulations in their commitment to continued environmental improvements.

David Miller, a senior vice president at Alpine Bank who serves as chairman of the bank’s so-called green team, attended the awards presentation along with Matt Teeters, president of the Alpine Bank location at Union Station in Denver.

“It was very gratifying joining more than 500 other Colorado environmental leaders to share ideas and experiences on ways to reduce resource use and save money while protecting our lifestyle,” Miller said.

The Colorado Department of Public Health works with the Colorado Environmental Partnership and Pollution Prevention Advisory Board to administer the program.

What started out as a grassroots effort by Alpine Bank employees in 2003 evolved into a management system designed to identify and reduce the environmental effects of bank operations.

Since 2006, Alpine Bank has earned and maintained ISO 14001 certification for meeting international standards for environmental management. The bank was recertified earlier this year and will retain that certification for three years.

Alpine Bank not only has reduced electricity consumption, but also invested in projects that produce solar-powered electricity. In addition, the bank contributes to nonprofit environmental groups through its loyalty debit card initiative.

Headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Alpine Bank operates 38 locations across Colorado, employs nearly 600 people and serves more than 130,000 customers.