SOURCE: HomeStreet Bank

September 07, 2007 15:17 ET

HomeStreet Bank Announces "Living Green Series"

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2007) - HomeStreet Bank will present a three-part "Living Green" Series highlighting ways in which individuals and businesses can reduce their environmental impact.

The series will cover three key topics: easy, common sense ideas to help individuals reduce their environmental impact; green home remodeling techniques and materials for homeowners; and ways that small and medium-size businesses can reduce their resource use and environmental impact without compromising long-term profits.

"As we learn more about the impact we have upon our planet's environment, it is more important than ever that we also educate ourselves about the choices available to us as businesses and as consumers," said HomeStreet Bank Chairman and CEO Bruce Williams. "In the Puget Sound region, we are fortunate to have individuals and businesses that are willing to share their expertise on ways in which we can reduce our environmental impact. The Living Green Series provides us with an opportunity to learn from these experts."

   The Living Green Series events are:

    Event #1
    "Buying Green - The Consumer's Response to Global Warming and Toxics"
    Presented by Tom Watson, King County "EcoConsumer"
    September 20 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    HomeStreet Bank - Ballard branch
    8050 - 15th NW, Seattle, 98117
    Free; reservations recommended at 206-783-6380

    Join Tom Watson, the King County EcoConsumer, for an interactive
    evening about ways to reduce your environmental impact. Tom will
    show examples of various products (including those to avoid) and share
    tips to help people make more environmentally friendly choices.

    Event #2
    "Green Home Remodeling"
    Presented by Thor Peterson, City of Seattle Green Remodeling Specialist
    September 27 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    HomeStreet Bank - Wedgwood branch
    8200 - 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, 98115
    Free; reservations recommended at 206-525-2840

    Thor discusses what makes a remodel "green," describes how the green
    remodeling approach is distinct from conventional remodeling, and shows
    case studies of real Seattle remodels. Samples of green materials and
    recommended books will also be displayed, and there will be plenty of
    opportunity for project-specific questions.

    Event #3
    "Working Green"
    Cosponsored by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
    October 10 from 7:30-9:00 a.m.
    Union Square Boardroom, 600 University Street, Seattle, 98101
    $12 ($18 after Oct. 8) - includes breakfast and parking validation at
    Union Square Garage Reserve online at www.seattlechamber.com or call
    206-389-7338

    Many small and medium-size businesses recognize the importance of
    reducing their environmental impact, but are unsure where to start.
    Which sustainable business practices are effective and also practical
    for smaller companies?  Which help reduce costs?  Is technical
    assistance available?

    The program begins with an introduction to the concept of "business
    sustainability" and the benefits of conservation and environmental
    protection.  A panel of local business people from Mithun, Olympus
    Press and Ivar's will describe practical and cost-effective ways in
    which their companies have improved environmental performance.  The
    program will also cover first steps businesses can take to assess
    their environmental practices.

Founded in 1921, family- and employee-owned HomeStreet Bank is the largest privately owned bank in Western Washington. Headquartered in Seattle, the company has assets of $2.57 billion and a network of 30 branches in the Northwest and Hawaii. HomeStreet Bank offers a full range of financial services including business banking and lending, consumer banking, mortgage lending, residential construction financing, income property financing and insurance services. Each year, HomeStreet contributes at least two percent of its pre-tax profits to organizations in its communities.

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