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44th Earth Day Witnesses a Greener NCUA
 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (4/23/13)--Marking the annual observation of Earth Day, the National Credit Union Administration Monday announced that, as part of its commitment to being a "responsible corporate citizen," the agency is awaiting ENERGY STAR certification for its central office here.

"Our greeNCUA initiative has promoted greater energy efficiency, waste reduction, and other efforts to reduce our environmental footprint. We have made significant progress over the years, including our latest efforts to obtain the ENERGY STAR certification. We encourage credit unions to make the same commitment to incorporating greater environmental awareness into their daily operations," NCUA Chair Debbie Matz said in a Monday release.

She noted that the NCUA's headquarters has met all four criteria necessary for ENERGY STAR certification: energy performance, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, and illumination levels.  In fact, she said, the NCUA surpasses the General Services Administration standard requiring an ENERGY STAR rating of 75 for federal agencies leasing space outside a GSA-owned property. The NCUA rating is 86 on the scale of one to 100.

Matz said NCUA also continues to move from paper to electronic communications wherever possible.

Also for Earth Day, NCUA employees participated in a recycling event to reduce electronic waste. The agency also regularly provides a series of bulletins to help employees adopt green habits, including bicycling to work and growing plants in their offices.

This year and every year credit unions mark Earth Day with a variety of community-oriented events and programs, ranging from planting trees to promoting tree-saving electronic statements to educating youth about the environment. Use the resource link below to read an April 22 News Now story on credit union celebrations.
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