Florida is at the center of the climate crisis, being threatened by ever increasing storms and super-charged hurricanes, sea level rise, and rising record-breaking heat days, among other climate impacts.
The status quo of inaction is no longer an option. The future demands on our ability to work together, now, to reverse the damage and restore our planet’s natural balance to allow people and nature to thrive in harmony.
At Climate First Bank our vision is to reimagine finance as a force for good and become the most impactful bank contributing to the drawdown of atmospheric CO2. Backed by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles, Climate First Bank is a full-service community bank offering personal and commercial banking services with a focus on environmental sustainability. We do our part to preserve America’s irreplaceable ecosystem by providing residents and businesses with convenient, specialized green loan options for everything ranging from rooftop solar to renewable energy to building retrofits, EV charging, or even purchasing certified carbon offsets.
The bank is helmed by our dedicated team of experienced local executives and directors who share a collective vision to do the right thing for our planet, people, community and shareholders.
Carbon neutral since the first day we opened our doors, Climate First Bank will never invest in extractive industries and every decision we make is through the lens of achieving Drawdown.
We know its not enough to just talk about change. We must actively be working to make a positive impact. We are working with the below organizations, causes, and reporting groups to ensure the mission upon which the bank was founded is developed through actionable steps that create measurable impact.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out a framework of 17 Goals based on its 10 principles to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges in the lead-up to 2030. Climate First currently has a focus on SDG numbers 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 13 (Climate Action), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), with the focus growing as we add members to the banking and impact team.
Through 1% for the Planet, Climate First will give an equivalent of 1% of gross sales from chosen account products through a combination of monetary, in-kind and approved promotional support directly to grassroots, environmental nonprofits.
Our B Corp Certification represents the highest standards of verified performance through completion and verification of the B Impact Assessment which measures how our company’s operations and business model impact the areas of governance, workers, community, environment, and customers. Climate First will be the first bank in the southeast to become a Certified B Corp.
Our entire organization, from top to bottom, is passionate about the role we play in protecting the planet. Our leadership is constantly looking for ways to make a positive impact through our actions and will continue to do so.Meet our team
"It's time interest was fixed on the future.
Climate First Bank will sit at the heart of St. Pete by investing in local businesses and helping the environment." - Ken LaRoe
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As the nation’s first climate-focused bank, Climate First Bank is a full-service community bank offering both personal and commercial banking services. We are proud to serve our communities as we work together to promote sustainability and reverse the climate crisis.
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