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It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of our future. At Pacific Premier Bank, we are proactively contributing to the collective global transition to a greener economy.
To learn more about our Sustainability Journey, please review the latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report.


Our Sustainability Strategy


We are integrating environmental sustainability throughout our operations, products, services, and culture to drive efficiencies and promote sensible use of resources. At the same time, we’re keeping our workplaces healthy and safe.

Our approach to sustainability is guided by our Environmental Sustainability Policy, which outlines our pledge to protect the environment and address climate change.



Climate Risk

We recognize the impact that natural disasters resulting from climate change may have on our clients and communities. Effectively managing these risks requires clearly defined roles and responsibilities. We are establishing an effective structure for this purpose.

For additional information, please refer to our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.



Metrics and Targets

Our approach to measuring greenhouse gas emissions data helps us manage our energy and resources efficiently, while identifying opportunities to reduce our impact.


  2021 Emissions (mt co2e)
Scope Resource Location-Based Market-Based
Scope 1 Diesel Generator 1 1
Mobile Diesel 12 12
Mobile Gasoline 22 22
Natural Gas 231 231
Refrigerant 261 261
Scope 2 Electricity 1,726 1,713
  Total Scope 1 526 526
Total Scope 2 1,726 1,713
Total Scope 1+2 2,252 2,240

In 2022, we have continued to mature our efforts by assessing our Scope 3 emissions in a number of categories we have deemed relevant to our business. As we continue to improve our transparency and quality of our data, we expect to disclose additional metrics.



Minimizing our Footprint

We take pride in supporting resource preservation through recycling, waste management, and responsible use of energy.

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Cubic Yards of Landfill


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Pounds of Waste


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Gallons of Water


  • Approximately 50% of our clients opted out of receiving paper statements.
  • 38% of our total square footage was LEED certified or equivalent, including six branch locations and seven loan production and administrative offices. 
  • Almost 25% of our employees based in Denver, Colorado use public transit to get to the office.



Creating a Culture of Environmental Awareness


Employees about sustainability


Internal awareness of our commitment to sustainability


Simple ways for employees to get involved in sustainability efforts


Environmental footprint

We conducted our first Environmental Awareness Survey to gauge the level of employee interest and engagement around sustainability.

Some of the highlights include:

  • 54% response rate
  • 61% of employees were familiar with Pacific Premier environmental efforts
  • 63% of employees identified environmental issues as extremely important
  • 44% of employees viewed environmental sustainability as a key concern



Environmental Volunteerism

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During 2022, 16 of our employees and their families participated in Green City Days, a series of events across 13 Washington cities throughout King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties focused on region-wide urban green space restoration and planting.

The event series provided volunteers an opportunity to work together to plant 5,500 trees and shrubs to restore our local urban forests that clean the air, buffer noise, and retain water to reduce the impacts of flooding.



Investing in Sustainable Communities

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