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Money Tree

Some banks don't just store green--they are green.

This story appears in the August 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Mark Gile, co-owner of In Harmony, a $4 million sustainable landscaping company in Bothell, Washington, doesn't limit his environmentally friendly practices to the services he provides to clients.

It's a core that runs through his entire . So when he went in search of a $1.5 million loan, ShoreBank Pacific, which specializes in financial, environmental and social returns, was first on his list. "We like to deal with like-minded individuals," says Gile, 46. Plus, he felt his chances of getting a loan were higher due to his environmentally responsible profile. The decision paid off: Gile got the loan and used it to give his business an infusion of capital and pay off other loans.

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