Sterling Pacific Financial Earns Certification from Monterey Bay Green Business Program

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Sterling Pacific Lending, Inc dba Sterling Pacific Financial,a leading trust deed investment firm based in Santa Cruz County, was recently certified as a "green business" by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program (http://www.montereybaygreenbusiness.org). Sterling met more than 80 separate criteria related to conservation, recycling, management of hazardous wastes and employee education.

Everyone at Sterling Pacific Financial is enthusiastic about our green business initiative

Sterling Pacific Lending, Inc dba Sterling Pacific Financial, a leading trust deed investment firm based in Santa Cruz County, was recently certified as a "green business" by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program. To earn the green distinction, Sterling Pacific Financial met more than 80 separate criteria related to conservation, recycling, management of hazardous wastes and employee education.

The criteria Sterling Pacific met or exceeded included reducing energy use via regular energy audits, centralizing purchasing to minimize waste and unnecessary transportation, replacing paper products with recycled options, replacing printing and faxing with electronic alternatives and offering telecommuting options for employees where possible.

"We were delighted to learn that many things we were already doing or considering for other reasons - such using email to contact clients, and allowing more employees to telecommute or customize their schedules - were also environmentally beneficial," said Ashley Huizar, director of administration for Sterling Pacific Financial, and the company's green certification coordinator. "We've been able to save money, reach clients more efficiently and offer our employees flexibility, all while becoming greener."

Other tactics Sterling implemented that benefit both employees and the environment include arranging workspaces to take advantage of natural light, substituting desk lighting for overhead lamps, and offering regular employee education about the green business initiative. And, while the certification requirements include many well-known steps for operating in a greener way, it also introduces some newer ideas that are easy and have big benefits. For example, replacing older fluorescent bulbs - or even just dusting the light fixtures - can allow 50% more light to be produced for the same amount of energy. Even simply reducing font and margin sizes on document defaults can save significant quantities of paper and toner over time.

"Everyone at Sterling Pacific Financial is enthusiastic about our green business initiative," said Huizar. "With our operations based in Santa Cruz County, we're fortunate to live and work in one of the nation's loveliest areas. It only makes sense to do our part to protect our beautiful environment."

About Sterling Pacific Financial

Sterling Pacific Financial is a leader in trust deed investing - a simple means for individuals and organizations to invest in real estate loans, earning high returns without proportionately high risk. Led by an investment team of experienced real estate and financial professionals, we identify high-quality loan opportunities, underwrite and service the loans, arrange and manage investor participation, and collect and distribute investor payments.

A California-based firm with personnel in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, the Central Valley and the Central Coast, Sterling Pacific has provided an efficient marketplace for timely financing of select real estate projects for more than a decade. The firm is a licensed real estate lender in California, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The firm's operations center is in Santa Cruz County, California.

Sterling Pacific Financial engages Armanino McKenna, LLP (http://www.amllp.com) as the third party auditor of its trust deed investment products. The largest CPA firm in California, Armanino McKenna is also a recognized nationwide leader in the auditing of mortgage pools.

In addition to the investor and borrower information provided on its web site at http://www.sterlpac.com , Sterling Pacific Financial provides commentary and information of interest to investors and borrowers on its blog at http://www.sterlpac.com/blog.

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