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ICBA Community Bank Members Participate in EPA ENERGY STAR Program

Community Banks Continue to Make a Difference Within Their Communities

Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2009)—In honor of Earth Day, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that its member community banks throughout the nation are participating in a joint initiative with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent.

“ICBA is delighted that community banks are taking action to promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Karen Tyson, ICBA senior vice president of communications. “Every day, our nation’s more than 8,000 community banks work hard to make their communities better places to live and work. Through the EPA ENERGY STAR program, they can celebrate Earth Day every day while taking yet another proactive step toward making a difference within their communities.”

EPA's ENERGY STAR program is a nationwide initiative that offers tools to help community banks implement cost-effective retrofit and new construction strategies for energy-efficient lighting, climate controls, equipment and building design, as well as improved energy practices and technologies. Portfolio Manager, an interactive energy management tool, allows community banks to track and assess energy and water consumption in a secure online environment.

First announced in December 2007, ICBA’s joint initiative with the EPA and the ENERGY STAR Challenge now has nearly 200 community banks participating. The initiative allows community banks to set an example as good corporate citizens by reducing energy consumption. Through the program, community banks can reduce utility costs by an average of $3,500 per year per bank branch. ICBA is the only national banking trade association to team up with EPA to reduce energy consumption.

Learn more about the ICBA-EPA ENERGY STAR program at www.icba.org/goto/energystar.