ALEXANDRIA, Va. (4/23/14)--The National Credit Union Administration has had some real success in its green initiatives, the agency said Tuesday in a release that marked Earth Day. The NCUA has worked to reduce consumption of electricity, cut water usage--resulting in a 423,000-gallon reduction from 2012's total--and institute in-office electronics recycling programs.
NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said being a responsible corporate citizen and a good steward of the public trust is a priority for the agency, noting that the NCUA in 2013 not only took steps to reduce resource use, it also worked decrease the amount of waste produced, and make the agency more environmentally efficient.
Steps taken at the NCUA's central office included:
Receiving an ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, scoring 86 out of a possible 100 points;
Beginning a load-shed program that reduces electrical consumption by using a generator to produce energy during high-demand days;
Reducing water usage by switching to low-flow faucets and toilets, resulting in a 423,000-gallon reduction from 2012's total water use;
Initiating a new recycling program for batteries, cell phones and small electrical devices; and
Reducing the number of print communications and replacing them with online versions.
"We encourage credit unions to make a similar commitment to increasing efficiency, reducing environmental costs and promoting greater environmental awareness in their operations," Matz said.
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.