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Climate First Bank Celebrates One Year of Operation

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The values-based community bank will welcome new sustainable branches and mission-aligned partnerships in the next year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 15, 2022)Climate First Bank, a full-service FDIC-insured commercial bank focused on environmental sustainability, celebrates one year of operation this month. In just one year, the bank opened two branches and shattered its financial and ESG goals to achieve $211 million in assets, $142 million loans and $171 million deposits. In its second year, Climate First Bank will build upon this phenomenal financial performance with the opening of a temporary Lake County branch at 2755 E. Orange Avenue in Eustis, Fla. (pending regulatory approval).

Climate First Bank was first envisaged by banking veteran and environmentalist Ken LaRoe in 2020. Despite the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Climate First Bank raised an unprecedented $44 million in capital on a minimum subscription of $17 million. In June 2021, Climate First Bank’s flagship location in St. Petersburg, Fla. opened to much enthusiasm. Months later, the bank expanded into Central Florida with the opening of its Winter Park branch. Climate First Bank grew its devoted team to 43 employees and appointed three new board members. Committed to doing the right thing for their people, their planet, their community and their shareholders, the bank joined several mission-aligned networks like the Net-Zero Banking Alliance and 1% For The Planet, created various charitable banking products like Pride Banking and Regeneration Checking and launched its revolutionary Digital Solar Lending Platform.

“I’m very thankful to our shareholders and directors for their faith in me and my team. Together, we have launched far more than a bank, we’ve launched our vision of a climate-positive future,” said CEO and Founder of Climate First Bank Ken LaRoe. “The support we’ve received from the community highlights how much meaningful climate action resonates with people.”

Climate First Bank will continue its statewide expansion and build upon its current book of business. Within the next year of business, the Winter Park branch’s comprehensive LEED retrofit will complete, the St. Petersburg headquarters will relocate to a larger location at 182 37th Ave. North once LEED Platinum renovations are complete and construction of a location in Mount Dora will begin in earnest. The bank also recently announced the launch of fintech startup OneEthos which will provide banking as a service (BaaS) solutions, initially to Climate First Bank and eventually to other financial services firms. Climate First Bank will elaborate further on their progress as an ESG-focused institution with the publication of their first Annual Impact Report in July.

Stay tuned for the latest updates, and to learn more visit climatefirstbank.com.

About Climate First Bank

Climate First Bank is a values-based community bank offering a complete, full-service portfolio of simple and easy-to-use traditional banking products. These products are powered by high technology to meet the expectations of today’s consumers. In addition to offering standard banking services, the company places a special emphasis on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and businesses committed to sustainability. Eco-conscious customers will find dedicated loan options for solar photovoltaic (PV), energy retrofits and infrastructure to help combat the climate crisis. Member FDIC.

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Meaghan Branham

Meaghan Branham is the managing editor for i4 Business, where she oversees the company’s digital media strategy, handles client relationship marketing for the print and digital magazines, and serves as one of the publication’s lead writers. A native of Brevard County, she splits her time between Central Florida and Nashville, Tennessee.

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