DUBUQUE, Iowa – BankNews, the leading independent publication for community banks nationwide, has announced the winners of the 2012 GreenLeaf Award, an honor that recognizes financial institutions nationwide for improving their communities through cooperation and participation in environmental programs and civic projects. The award covers three primary areas: staff involvement, bank services and technology, and environmental participation.

Premier Bank is this year’s winner in theless than $500 million in assets category. Premier Bank has spent hundreds of hours re-engineering its policies, procedures, workflow and choice of suppliers to minimize its environmental impact by maximizing its reduction in use of natural resources. The $250 million asset bank received Petal Project certification in 2012, which at the time of this award had been bestowed ononly four local businesses in Dubuque, Iowa.

Also winning a Green Leaf Award isBoston-based Eastern Bank in the more than $500 million in assets category. Eastern Bank has four U.S. Green Building Council LEED-registered branches — more than any other bank in Massachusetts.

"Unfortunately, most of the good work banks do in their communities goes unnoticed" said Bill Poquette,editor-in-chief of BankNews magazine. "Through the 2012 Green LeafAward, we are able to recognize banks whose initiatives help them better servenot only their communities but also the planet.”

The magazine issue has begun circulation and isalso available online at www.BankNews.com. For more information about the Green Leaf Award, please contact Jeffrey Mozena, President and CEO at 563-588-1000. Mozena noted,“This is a special award bestowed to only two organizations at the fore front of community service and involvement while also reducing the organizations carbon footprint. We are honored to have been selected and we are actively pursuing ways we can take our sustainability efforts to the next level in 2013. Sustainability makes smart business and environmental sense. It is a win-win.”

Premier is a community bank committed to providingattractive account options with cutting-edge technology while supportingDubuque’s civic, educational and charitable organizations. Premier Bank has $250million in assets and three locations in Dubuque.