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Providing eco-friendly services, maintaining efficient facilities and using practices such as recycling is a part of who we are.
From our energy conservation efforts and eco-friendly building features to upgrading equipment, our company is constantly working to improve our environmental sustainability efforts.
Make our communities more sustainable.
Through our involvement with homeowners, business owners, and local initiatives, it’s clear that our Bank and employees are passionate about improving our community.
Installed a 32 kw solar canopy in Decorah Bank’s new employee parking lot in November 2017. This solar array offsets electricity equating to the use of 3 average-sized homes. The new parking lot includes a rainwater runoff design and will provide 23 parking spaces for our growing staff. Community members and visitors are welcome to use the employee bank parking lot after business hours.
Cresco Bank & Trust is involved in the development and financially supportive of the Howard County Energy District initiative. The Energy District’s mission is to provide a clean renewable transition with a strong ethic of stewardship, efficiency, and rural vitality.
Installed a 37.5 kw PV solar array on the roof of our facility in Cresco. Together with our Decorah facility, we have reduced our consumption by 25%. Now that we are making more of our own renewable power, we will reduce our consumption of power produced at coal-burning plants even more.
Added solar power energy meter to measure energy production in Decorah. View live data here: http://tools.energydistrict.org/rmap/LiveData/?RMAPid=3&h=db2
Remaining lighting was converted to LED, making our facilities nearly 100% LED!
Introduced Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Loans to provide energy-efficient solutions for consumers.
Began purchasing Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) from Luther College’s new solar array through Winneshiek Energy District. This is estimated to further reduce our carbon footprint by 41%.
Installed a 21.5 kw PV solar array on the roof of our main facility in Decorah. We estimate we will be producing 8% of our energy consumption in Decorah with our two PV arrays, or roughly enough power for 3 average-sized homes.
Our Cresco Bank & Trust Co. facility became ENERGY STAR certified .
We calculated our carbon footprint to be 643 tons of CO2, a reduction of 28% from 2009.
Purchased Oneota Tags from Winneshiek Energy District. This helped fund energy savings improvements in Winneshiek County.
80% of lighting in Decorah and Cresco facilities was converted to LED. This reduced power consumption for lighting by 50%.
We calculated our carbon footprint to be 898 tons of CO2.
Installed a 2 kw PV solar array on our drive-thru in downtown Decorah.
Our Decorah facility became ENERGY STAR certified . And was one of only 3200 recipients in the nation at the time. ENERGY STAR is a dynamic government/industry partnership that offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions, making it easy to save money while protecting the environment for future generations.
We launched the first monthly eStatement program available in the market. Today 80% of new accounts are opened with monthly eStatements. In doing this, our customers are helping us save over 80,000 sheets of paper and 40,000 envelopes each year. Please contact a personal banker if you would like to receive your statements electronically.
Our two full-service offices, in Decorah and Cresco, were built with features that minimize energy consumption. View environmental building features.
It’s all part of being one of the forerunners in the eco-friendly movement and passing on what we’ve learned to our community and our customers.
Here’s what you can do:
Ready to learn more? See what we can do for you. Call us at either of our convenient locations to speak with one of our banking specialists.
202 E. Water Street
126 Second Avenue, SE