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The Ospreys are BACK!

The Osprey population was decimated by DDT. A property manager at the campus, started looking into helping the small group of nesting pairs in Iowa (only 22 pairs) and that effort has been successful! Read the entire story here.

There’s a new arrival at Wells Fargo’s Jordan Creek office campus in West Des Moines: two new ospreys.

The birds joined their parents  in a nest the company and Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources built for them atop a 55-foot pole. The conservation success story began last summer when ospreys began building a nest atop the counterweights of a construction crane for a parking deck at the complex near the intersection of I-35 and I-80. The property’s six ponds and the ospreys’ renowned fishing skills soon created a new occupational hazard for the bemused construction workers: falling fish parts.

News of the Mission Blue Butterfly

The endangered Mission Blue butterfly is a local treasure. It lives in only  a few spots in the San Francisco area and on San Bruno Mountain favoring  various “flavors” of lupine for its meals. This butterfly has been at the heart of a long controversy that has affected development and won the hearts of school children.  Here are a few stories of the beloved  Mission Blue Yahoo!!!

The friends of San Bruno Mountain and San Bruno Mountain Watch hold benefits and plant sales at a local nursery for the plants the Mission Blue depends on. And recently, the Wells Fargo team members volunteered to improve the local habitat for the butterfly.  Over one hundred volunteers went to Fort Baker and  learned about this special  butterfly, its local food sources and the overpowering weeds that threaten that habitat. It’s a great story.

Wells Fargo volunteers helped beautify the habitat of an endangered species

Fishing made Dale a Community Champion

Inspired by a donation from his wife’s grandfather, Dale Ortmann began collecting, repairing, and giving away fishing rods to children in March 2013.

Now Ortmann has introduced more than 350 children to fishing the Allegheny River in and around Armstrong County in Pennsylvania. And his efforts are drawing national attention. Ortmann collects and refurbishes old fishing poles while on his front porch overlooking the Allegheny. He and his wife, Shannon love showing children how to fish its waters. That includes everything from how to tie a hook, reel one in, and use flotation devices to stay safe on the river.

He’s the winner of the TODAY show’s Small Acts, Big Impacts contest sponsored by Wells Fargo — selected from more than 600 community heroes nominated by TODAY viewers and social media fans Sept. 4–18. As the contest winner, Ortmann won a trip to New York City and the opportunity to tell his story on TODAY. Shannon, who nominated him, told the TribLIVE website, “I am so proud of Dale. He is so humble, but deserves recognition.” The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission also honored Ortmann Sept. 30 with a separate award.  A good deed and well deserved acknowledgement, it makes a difference to so many kids.

Telling your Company’s Story

Every company has a story:

  • How did the company start?
  • Who started it?
  • Where did it start? (a garage, an old warehouse, a stately bank building?)
  • Why does it have it’s name?
  • How many employees were there at the begining?
  • You’ll see how history helps shape the vision and values.

There are so many ways to tell the story, and ways to help your employees understand the timing, history and struggles that all work together to make “the company story”.   Take a look at this Wells Fargo website that tells the story of a particular building and the history that surrounds it:

Considered the oldest continuously operating bank building in the U.S., the neoclassical structure known locally as “16 Broad Street” was founded in 1817 by John C. Calhoun, the nation’s seventh vice president. Calhoun opened the bank as a branch of the Second Bank of the United States.

Knowing YOUR company and being engaged in their struggles and triumphs, helps us do better work and get involved in supporting our communities. We can make our work and community better with our great ideas, engagement, energy and volunteerism.

One Company’s Green Journey

Teller Andrea W. of Denver is an banking agent on a mission.

Her green bracelet identifies her as one of Wells Fargo’s first “sustainability agents”—banking store team members who help customers and fellow team members better understand the company’s green practices and products and commitment to environmental stewardship.

Working together, the Environmental Affairs team and Distribution Strategies & Services launched the program last spring. Today there are 35 agents in Arizona, California, Colorado and Illinois. Coming soon: sustainability agents in stores in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.

“Many customers come into our stores wanting to know what measures we’re taking to protect the environment,” said Sheri Lucas, program manager for LEED Construction & Standardization (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design®).

“It’s one thing to have a poster or brochure describing your conservation efforts, but it’s much more effective to have a team member who can answer questions in a meaningful way,” Lucas said. “Through our sustainability agents, we can be sure these efforts are being effectively communicated, promoted and practiced in our stores. Our plan is eventually to have agents in stores nationwide.”

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED program provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built to conserve and protect natural resources.

Store managers nominate team members, who then undergo four hours of training each year. Although the program focuses on stores that have solar power and stores that meet LEED standards (either as new or renovated buildings), team members from any banking store can participate if selected by a manager.

wells fargo green team

Sustainability agents are go-to sources for:

  • Local recycling guidelines (and compost, if available).
  • Use of recycled paper products and paper reduction efforts, including two-sided printing for internal items and paperless campaigns for customers (Envelope-FreeSM ATMs and online statements).
  • Purchase of environmentally friendly supplies such as compostable utensils and plates in break areas and Energy Star-rated office equipment.
  • Energy-saving practices such as turning off the lights after business hours or when leaving conference rooms.
  • Health and comfort issues (such as “green cleaning” programs).
  • Solar programs and products such as the store’s solar panel installation and customer options for solar financing.
  • Green store features and Wells Fargo’s other environmental stewardship programs.

Andrea W., who joined Wells Fargo in August 2009, works in the Highlands Ranch store—one of 10 solar-energy-powered stores in a pilot of the technology in Denver. Since being selected by her manager, she’s not only become an expert on the store’s solar power system and company practices but also has found some of her own ways to lessen environmental impacts.

“At the conclusion of each business day, we used to put deposit slips in envelopes bundled together until the deposit slips needed to be shipped out,” she said. “I changed the practice so we now rubber-band the deposit slips from each teller with a date slip. This has saved us 50 envelopes a week and taken some of the paper waste out of our daily usage.”
Mary Wenzel, head of Environmental Affairs, said Wallace’s actions illustrate another benefit of the sustainability agent program.

“It’s a great way to generate new ideas and best practices that can be shared throughout the company,” Wenzel said, noting plans to launch an internal social media site for agents to make the exchange even easier. “It’s like a continuous green communications loop! Plus, it’s a great way to gather feedback from our customers and to listen to them and use that knowledge to continue to put them at the center of everything we do.”

Green practices also are good business, Wenzel said, noting national studies showing 92 percent of young professionals prefer to go to work at environmentally friendly companies. The research also suggests those already employed are more than four times as likely to stay at such companies versus those with less-stellar environmental records.

Although it’s just one part of her daily routine, Wallace said that being a sustainability agent has made her more conscious of her own choices.

“The most important piece of the program to me is the fact that we’re trying to make the eco-friendly attitude a part of everyone’s daily life—something that everyone is conscious of every single day,” she said. “Whether it’s turning off lights or putting things in the proper recycling bin, being an agent has changed my personal life as well. Now, I’m making other people aware of how little things can add up to big savings, and it’s become a passion of mine.”

Note: Most companies have this opportunity to make a difference. Great corporations like Wells Fargo, can make a difference, and promote green policies. It is thrilling and inspiring to see the changes in the corporate mindset.  The team members have more job satisfaction and customers are pleased to know that this company is in line with thier green thinking.  – Jacqueline

Bright light, big saving

Customers don’t have far to look to find another sign of change as Wachovia locations convert to Wells Fargo.

Sign crews are installing a new type of Wells Fargo sign that uses tiny light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, which produce the same amount of light as standard lighting with one-quarter of the energy.

Starting with the Colorado conversion last fall, every converting store, Wells Fargo Advisors branch and office features the new signs. Work will continue until the last state is converted on the East Coast in late 2011.

Jay Doolittle, strategic planning manager for the Corporate Properties Group, said the new signs’ LEDs can be brightened or dimmed to get just the right amount of light needed. “In a redesign of the Wells Fargo sign family, we looked at all the components of a sign—the materials, the lighting, its lifecycle. And with the evolution of LED in the sign industry, it was the perfect time to make a change with these signs,” Doolittle said.

By the time the merger is complete, he said, Wells Fargo will have installed 7,000 LED signs coast-to-coast. “That saves us up to $1.5 million each year in reduced energy and maintenance costs, because the lights last about five years longer than standard bulbs,” he said.

For now, the new LED signs are being used on converting stores and Wells Fargo Advisors branches and offices, on new retail store locations and whenever damaged signs have to be replaced.

Green practices

The environmental benefits don’t end with LED. As part of the sign review, Wells Fargo also replaced a plastic formerly used with a new biodegradable film. The company continues to re-use temporary vinyl sign covers placed over new Wells Fargo signs until all they’re uncovered on conversion weekend. And when the Wachovia signs come down, they’re broken down into their component parts and everything possible is recycled.

Richard Henderson, corporate properties director for the Corporate Properties Group, said that the recent California conversion included the company’s largest LED sign west of the Mississippi. Installed April 9 in Los Angeles, the Wells Fargo LED-lit letters atop the Brentwood building are each 7 feet, 4 inches tall.

“We’ve been able to do a lot of things to the signs to make them greener and more sustainable but also bring down the cost of operation,” Henderson said. “It’s part of our overall commitment to environmental sustainability. We’re also working closely with Diane Miller and the Distribution Strategies and Services Group (DSSG) as they create new store designs to go for LEED®* certification on new buildings and existing buildings. We also partnered with DSSG to install solar power systems at 10 stores in Colorado as a pilot of that technology.

“These new LED wall signs are just one of many things we’re trying to do to be more environmentally friendly with our buildings.”

*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

–By Wayne Thompson, Team Member Communications