Sustainability and the Environment
CoBank believes that a commitment to sustainability and the environment is an integral part of good corporate citizenship, helping to ensure a better, healthier future.
We are proud to serve as the financial partner to electric cooperatives and other rural power providers across the U.S., many of which are making forward-looking investments in renewable energy generation systems including wind, solar, hydro, biomass and landfill gas. Today, CoBank has more than $3.3 billion in outstanding loans and leases for renewable energy projects, making us one of the largest underwriters of renewable energy in the country—a leadership position we’re committed to maintaining in the future.
CoBank has also taken meaningful steps to reduce the environmental impact of its own business operations. The bank offsets more than 50 percent of its Denver headquarters’ power usage through the purchase of renewable wind generation credits, operates a bank-wide recycling program, purchases hybrid vehicles for its business fleet and provides public transportation passes to its Denver associates.
CoBank’s 11-story headquarters building is LEED Silver certified in recognition of its best-in-class building strategies and practices, and we conduct regular system reviews to ensure that all energy-efficient features are operating as expected. The building’s many environmentally friendly features include:
- Electric car charging stations
- Photo sensors that measure daylight and automatically adjust lighting levels to save energy
- Occupancy sensors that measure activity and adjust lighting accordingly
- Water-efficient systems that reduce overall water usage
- Digitally-controlled systems that allow for more efficient heating and cooling