UnionBank is keeping its promise to integrate environmental sustainability into its operations with eight of its branches now LEED-certified.
LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an internationally recognized standard for green buildings that promote a healthy, durable, affordable, and environmental practice in building and construction.
Last year, UnionBank became the first bank in the country to earn LEED – Platinum and Gold certifications for two of its branches.
The Platinum certification – the highest LEED rating given by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) – was bestowed on UnionBank’s Olongapo branch.
Meanwhile, the bank’s Tacloban branch, which was the first bank to restore operations after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, also became the first bank branch to earn LEED Gold certification.
Apart from the two, other LEED-certified UnionBank branches now are in Angeles City, Pampanga (Gold), Batangas (Gold), Bonifacio Global City 3rd Avenue (Gold), BGC 26th Street (Gold), Cebu Mactan Newtown in Cebu City (Gold) and Cebu Time Square (Gold).
According to Luisa Tavera, UnionBank Cebu Time Square branch manager, to be a certified LEED branch “is rewarding, overwhelming, and proud because we have been recognized in our efforts to promote sustainable environmental practices.”
“Moreover, we are able to practice other methods of reducing electrical and water costs, maximize our resources, and most especially, reduce the non-biodegradable traces, footprints or waste that we leave,” she said.
For his part, Ronald Laggui, UnionBank BGC 3rd Avenue branch manager, said they feel privileged to be managing a LEED-certified branch.
“We will endeavor to continue doing our part to contribute to the sustainability initiatives of the bank in whatever ways we can, especially in the safekeeping of our branch,” he said.
Ma. May Therese Casipit, UnionBank BGC 3rd 26th Street branch manager, echoed Laggui’s statement.
“We will strive to maintain or even improve what we have achieved so far. Operating a LEED branch is beneficial to us employees as well as to our clients. By maintaining an energy-efficient system and integrating responsible water and waste management measures into our built environment, we can help make the world a greener place. And since we are practicing this in the workplace every day, we can share this to our clients and to our families at home as well,” she said.
Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC, had earlier said buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment, and reducing operating costs.
Empowered to advance businesses and communities by practicing sustainable operations, UnionBank is looking forward to the certification of its other ongoing LEED projects in the future.