Corporate Responsibility

Ulster Savings has a long and distinguished history of helping the community. And among these efforts is our commitment to lessen our impact on the environment.

Sustainable and Green Business Practices

LED OUTDOOR LIGHTING

LED Lights

At our Kingston headquarters, we recently replaced and installed parking lot and outdoor building lights with energy-efficient LEDs. Not only are LED lights energy saving, they also have a better lighting performance with a significant reduction in maintenance costs.

GREEN—ACTUALLY WHITE—ROOF

Did you know our Schwenk Drive branch in Kingston has a white roof? The color of a roof not only affects energy use, but it can also impact global climate change. Black roofs absorb heat, which slowly heats up the buildings themselves. A building with a white roof maintains a cooler temperature than that of the outside air. Having a white roof also means we don’t need to use as much air conditioning thereby reducing our energy costs between 10-40%.

CLYNK PROGRAM

CLYNK Bin

We are partners with Hannaford Supermarket’s Community Cash program that benefits the Benedictine Health Foundation. Recycled deposit bottles and cans are collected at some of our branches and brought to Hannaford. The funds are directly added to the Benedictine Health Foundation’s account. Monies raised will be used to support local cancer patients and mental health services for adolescents in our community.

ELECTRIC CAR

Nissan Leaf in EV Parking Lot

The bank added a Nissan Leaf—a fully electric car—to its vehicle fleet. Battery electric vehicles don’t produce any tailpipe emissions, are cheaper to operate, require less maintenance, are safer and easy to use, and very quiet.

GOING PAPER-LESS

Toner Recycling Box

We are making concentrated efforts to reduce the amount of paper we consume. Our ‘Think First, Waste Less’ campaign encourages people to think before printing. Our online banking, online bill paying programs, and paperless statements further reduces our reliance on paper. We monitor our internal practices to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Besides paper, we recycle electronic waste such as toner and donate office furniture that we no longer need.

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