Mechanics Bank Earns Green Certification

The Bank’s San Francisco Office Earns Kudos from the City’s Green Business Program



San Francisco, March 12, 2009 — Mechanics Bank, a well-capitalized, full-service bank, announced today that its San Francisco office has been certified environmentally responsible by the San Francisco Green Business Program (www.sfgreenbiz.org), which recognizes and provides hands-on support to businesses taking measures to prevent pollution and conserve resources in their environments.

“By thoroughly evaluating our office’s usage of various resources, we discovered a number of ways to reduce waste, conserve energy, and ultimately trim some costs and contribute to the long-term welfare of our environment,” said Nancy Zhang, assistant vice president and office manager for Mechanics Bank. “Mechanics Bank will continue to explore new ways to achieve even greater reductions and efficiencies.”

Earning the program’s green certification was not as simple as installing a recycling bin. Tackling the program’s checklist covering energy conservation, pollution prevention and solid-waste reduction, Mechanics Bank, located in the financial district at 343 Sansome St., adopted a number of measures designed to reduce waste, save energy and water, curb use of toxic products, and reduce carbon emissions.

The bank’s new practices include purchasing paper and other standard office products originating from recycled matter, using low-mercury light bulbs, installing censors programmed to power down lights in unused areas, ensuring its janitorial service uses non-toxic cleaning chemicals, and financially incenting its staff to use public transportation.

The first among all banks in California to attain green certification at any of its offices, Mechanics Bank is now environmentally compliant at 20 locations across the region, according to various government agencies.

The San Francisco Green Business Program is sponsored by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco Department of the Environment, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and other agencies. Contributing to regional green efforts, the city’s program is also part of the Bay Area Green Business Program—a successful partnership of environmental agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes, and promotes businesses and government agencies that voluntarily operate in a more environmentally responsible way.

About Mechanics Bank:

For more than a century, Mechanics Bank has been committed to helping people build prosperous communities as a trusted financial partner, forging lasting relationships through teamwork, respect and integrity. The $2.7 billion independent bank, headquartered in Richmond, California, offers personal banking, business banking, trust, brokerage and wealth management services through 33 offices across Northern California. For more information, please visit www.mechanicsbank.com.



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