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Columbia Credit Union Earns Second LEED Gold Certification.

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Columbia Credit Union was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.  (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC USGBC United States Green Building Council ) for its Grand Central branch, located off Highway 14 in Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River, in the state of Washington, USA. It is the county seat of Clark County.
. Completed in June 2008, the branch is Vancouver's first LEED Gold Certified financial institution. The credit union's Washougal branch was awarded LEED Gold Certification earlier this year.

"We've created a healthy environment for our members, a productive atmosphere for staff, and invested in a sustainable future that benefits everyone," said Columbia Interim CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  Steve Kenny. "Building sustainable and healthy branches is one way we choose to give back to the communities we serve."

Built to rigorous LEED standards for sustainable building design and performance, the branch has realized significant energy and water savings in its first year. "Our Grand Central branch uses about half the gas and electricity and 40 percent less water on average than our comparable branches," said Kenny. Additional water savings are anticipated in year two, after this first year of establishing the landscape plants with extra water.

To earn LEED certification, the USGBC uses a points-based system for satisfying criteria meeting specific environmental impacts. Columbia applied for and earned 42 points toward Gold Certification for site selection, energy use, lighting, water and material use, waste management, air quality and innovation in design.

Significant environmental savings that contributed to the gold status includes a 75 percent reduction in construction waste. "Throughout the construction process, work crews carefully separated scrap metal, wood and concrete for recycling," said Kenny. "This prevented excess building materials Building materials used in the construction industry to create .

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 Design Architects developed the branch design in cooperation with Paladino & Company, Inc., an internationally recognized leader in green building design and LEED certification. Notable green features include an omni-directional skylight, a cistern cistern /cisĀ·tern/ (sisĀ“tern) a closed space serving as a reservoir for fluid, e.g., one of the enlarged spaces of the body containing lymph or other fluid.  for rainwater collection, porous concrete, FSC FSC

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 certified lumber, corn fiber work station panels, and guest chairs made from recycled seat belts.

For more information about Columbia Credit Union, please visit

About Columbia Credit Union: Established in 1952, Columbia Credit Union has more than $770 million in assets and 12 Clark County, WA locations. Columbia serves nearly 64,000 members, was voted "Best Financial Institution" in Clark County by The Columbian newspaper and ranks as the top local Clark County auto lender. Individuals and businesses in Washington State are eligible for membership. For more information, visit
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