We talk about being a GLOBAL culture. We’re told every day that some paret of our WORLD ois changing or disappearing. And we thing we can do nothing.
We can. You can, too.
“We think of Paducah Bank as Paducah’s bank,” says Joe Framptom, CEO of The Paducah Bank and Trust Company. “Consequently, we think of this community as our home both professionally and personally. That’s why we make every attempt to become vitally involved with issues that affect our community and its citizens.”
One of the most recent concerns is centered around being environmentally responsible. In recognition of Earth Day 2007, Paducah Bank initiated an effort among its employees to recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Receptacles at each Banking Center were available for employees to deposit cans and plastics, which were then recycled as part of the community’s Earth Day events in April. “We identified team captains at each Banking Center and for each floor of our main office to provide leadership and direction for this on-going project,” Framptom explained.
The bank has also created a campaign that promotes the use of electronic banking, thereby reducing printing and paper usage. “We’re currently making a donation to the city for the purchase of trees every time someone signs up for e-statements,” Susan Guess, Director of Marketing, explained.
Paducah Bank is corporately committed to the support of the city’s beautification and green-space efforts, Framptom adds. “We want to do whatever we can to sustain the city’s on-going commitment to parks and green areas within our community.”
The bank’s concern for environmental responsibility goes beyond the one-day Earth Day event, Framptom comments. “The celebration of Earth Day gave us the momentum to begin a dialogue with our community’s managers and planners as well as local concerns like The Greater Paducah Sustainability (GPS) project, a local grass-roots organization that has started the Recycle Now initiative.” GPS is associated with the Jackson Purchase Foundation, Inc. (JPF) as a non-profit organization. GPS’s first initiative is to establish an area-wide recycling program.
“I have observed recycling initiatives in many other communities around the country, and I personally believe it’s time we, as a city and county, begin addressing local and global concerns with regard to the preservation and stewardship of our environment both for the present and the viability of the environment for future generations.”
Paducah Bank has previously taken steps to conserve energy by implementing an interior lighting system which results in both energy conservation and cost efficiency.
The development and preservation of green space has also come into play as the bank has undertaken renovation and reconstruction projects of late. “We developed a small park adjacent to the historic building on our property for the use of our staff and the neighborhood,” Framptom commented. “In addition, when we renovated the building across the street from our main office for our new Operations Center, we also developed an area of green space on the empty lot we acquired. We hope this effort will motivate other corporate and business concerns in the downtown area to be good corporate stewards and to ‘think green’ when initiating these kinds of building or relocation projects.”
Beyond the commonly considered need to recycle bottles and cans, companies like Paducah Bank also encounter issues with the disposal of technology products and wastes. “There’s also the need to create ways to deal with the side effects of our technology,” Framptom adds. “Most businesses, as well as families, now have to think about what to do with old computers, toner and ink cartridges, phones, faxes, and other obsolete items which are continuously in a state of replacement.”
“At Paducah Bank, we feel a responsibility to become an active corporate partner in the need for recycling systems and projects and an active participant in projects like these to begin the grass-roots work of addressing the municipal need to recycle.”