ALEXANDRIA, Va. (4/23/12)--With many participating in Earth Day observations this past Sunday, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) took the opportunity to highlight the positive steps it has taken through the "greeNCUA" initiative, which aims to help the agency decrease its overall environmental footprint.
NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said her agency understands its environmental responsibility, and takes that responsibility seriously each and every day.
"The greeNCUA initiative encompasses thousands of small, individual decisions throughout the year in order to make it a big, ongoing success," she added, and Matz encouraged "all credit unions to make the same commitment by creating a culture that promotes and rewards individual decisions that add up to environmental successes."
The NCUA noted it has helped reduce unneeded paper use by distributing email communications through its NCUA Express and NCUA CU Express systems, purchasing only recycled paper, and setting all office printers to print double-sided documents. The agency over the past year has also adopted energy efficient lighting in its Alexandria, Va. central office, and has installed motion detectors in that office to keep the lights off in unoccupied rooms.
Old electronics, used cell phones, and paper have also been recycled, and the agency also requires contractors to use low volatile organic compound paint in any refurbishing projects that are done in the building.
"Going green is a total commitment NCUA has made," Matz said.
For the full NCUA release, use the resource link.