Blog : Meet a Green Alliance Business: Kennebunk Savings

By Corey | Jan 12, 2015 | in

Who: Kennebunk Savings

What: The principles that defined Kennebunk Savings Bank when it was founded in 1871 still hold true today. As an independent, mutually owned organization, Kennebunk Savings prides itself on being responsive to its local market, community and customers. A key commitment to meeting those community needs is Kennebunk Savings’ signature program, the Community Promise, a pledge to contribute 10 percent of its earnings back to nonprofit organizations.

          Since 1994,the Community Promise program has contributed more than $9.5 million to organizations that provide arts and culture, civic programs, educational, environmental and human services.Kennebunk Savings also strives to be a green bank, providing customers with up-to-date technology such as mobile and online banking to reduce client commutes and paper waste. Kennebunk Savings has replaced all incandescent lights with high efficiency CFL and LED alternatives at its branches, along with instituting a company-wide recycling program and initiative to print less paper. All plumbing fixtures are energy efficient, requiring less water, and programmable HVAC units further prevent energy waste. Additionally, Kennebunk Savings takes strides to ensure both the outdoor lawn treatment and indoor cleaning products at its branches are either natural or organic. The company also conducts regular giveaways for its used furniture and office equipment, donating office supplies to Ruth's Reusable Resources in South Portland, Maine, and unused furniture to nonprofit organizations.

Where: 111 Maplewood Ave., Portsmouth, N.H. and 4A Shapleigh Road, Kittery, Maine, and more than 16 different branches throughout southern Maine and New Hampshire. Find more locations online.

Web: www.kennebunksavings.com

Call: (800) 339-6573 to reach all 16 York County and Seacoast N.H. locations

What makes it green:

  • Programmable HVAC units in offices to cut back on energy waste.
  • Company-wide recycling program and initiative to print less paper.
  • All incandescent bulbs replaced with CFL and LED in branch locations.
  • Donates used office supplies and unwanted office furniture
  • Uses organic cleaning products and lawn treatments whenever possible.
  • Community Promise Program offers grants and sponsorships.
  • Contributes 10 percent or more of annual earnings to local charitable organizations focused on arts and culture, environment, education, human services and civic programs.
  • Mobile and online banking significantly reduce clients' travel and paper waste.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Kennebunk Savings' full certification documents here.

Members receive a $50 bonus deposit with a Kennebunk Savings Free Checking Account with direct deposit! New Business Checking accounts receive a $50 bonus with any recurring ACH deposit! Not a member? Join here.