Columbia Bank is committed to being a strong environmental steward of the beauty and resources of the Northwest. Our efforts are led by a cross functional Core Sustainability Team that sets and accomplishes sustainability goals as part of a larger sustainability roadmap. Columbia Bank participates in several sustainability programs, including the People’s EcoChallenge and Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Program.

2020 Sustainability Accomplishments

Core Sustainability Team

  • Columbia Bank’s Core Sustainability Team developed two new tools: a standards of conservation checklist for new builds and remodels and a branch best practice conservation checklist.
  • Donated over 200 used technology items to Interconnect, a nonprofit that makes information and communication technology accessible to under-served communities around the world.

Sustainability Workgroup

  • The Sustainability Workgroup created the framework for our Sustainability Council and Champion Network, which will roll out in 2021.

Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Program

  • We increased enrollment in the SEM Program from seven to nine branches in 2020. Enrolled branches recognized a total electric savings of 36,056 kWh, and natural gas savings of 834 therms.

The People’s EcoChallenge

  • The People’s EcoChallenge is a 21-day program committed to environmental and social engagement. Columbia Bank’s team had 96 members that worked together to place 12th out of 467 teams and be the top placing financial institution.