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ESG Impact

Environmental Sustainability

We work to reduce waste and energy use, promote recycling, and educate our employees about the benefits of conservation.

Responsible footprint

We have 69 branches located primarily in California, one in Denver, Colorado and one in Durham, North Carolina, making our total branch footprint lower than our peers. Under our active property management approach, we review and implement space, energy, construction and renovation efficiency opportunities. We have 20 offices within LEED-certified buildings. Three of those offices have more than 25 employees.

Reducing our environmental impact

Each year we seek new ways to reduce our environmental and climate impact. In 2022, some of these measures were:

  • 319T
    of paper were recycled
  • $125M
    commitment to solar investing, powering clean, renewable energy
  • $500K
    Green Solutions grants associated with climate change benefiting low-to-moderate income communities
Green investing and lending

Banking on the future

Many of our clients support and promote environmental sustainability as a key pillar of their business strategy. These clients are businesses and venture capital firms that invest in sustainable companies.

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invests in high-growth companies creating a healthier, smarter and cleaner future

Meeting 5 of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
#3 Good Health and Well-Being
#4 Quality Education
#7 Affordable and Clean Energy
#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
#12 Responsible Consumption and Production

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backs entrepreneurs that share a vision of a sustainable, more equitable and healthier world

Meeting U.N. Sustainable Development Goal
#13 Climate Action

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develops and runs multi-manager private market impact investment products

They efficiently open access and channel capital to investments targeting positive social and environmental outcomes while seeking competitive financial returns.

Meeting U.N. Sustainable Development Goal
#7 Affordable and Clean Energy

Clay Solar Farm Project, Fort Gaines, Clay County, Georgia

Committed to clean energy

In 2022, the Bank committed $125MM to construct two solar projects that will provide 172 megawatts of generating capacity. In total, we have originated and committed to $249MM in solar financings representing 348 megawatts of generating capacity over the past two years. These lending commitments align with U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #7 – Affordable and Clean Energy.

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Leyla Alijani

Leyla Alijani

VP, Environment, Social, Governance Officer
Chevy Chase, Maryland

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