Wauna Federal Credit Union, Clatskanie, Ore., announced its 2009 "Going Green" plan at the credit union's 42nd annual meeting. Going Green is an incremental process with each year bringing a new commitment to the community and environment. During this year's Earth Day celebration, the credit union gave members a reusable shopping tote bag. Each branch will have a unique and numbered bag design with two Darren Orange Prints for collecting. The artist plans to visit Wauna FCU and personalize totes for lucky members.
State Employees' Credit Union, Raleigh, N.C., participated in the 2nd annual planet earth celebration. The celebration also offered the credit union the opportunity to showcase its numerous green product initiatives. The goal of the event was to celebrate ongoing efforts to raise awareness in North Carolina's communities by taking better care of the local and global environment. Some of SECUs product and service offerings highlighted during the event included the credit union's green mortgage, green vehicle loan and SECUs online options such as e-statements and bill pay.
Insight Financial Credit Union, Orlando, Fla., introduced its "Grow Green" savings account designed to benefit members and the environment. Members earn the current rate of 1.5% APR on their Grow Green account just for using e-statements. This means more money in their pockets and less wasted paper for the environment.
SEFCU, Albany, N.Y., celebrated its commitment to going green and Earth Day by distributing free seedlings to members visiting any credit union branch. Each branch will include an assortment of seedlings including: Scotch Pine, Austrian Pine and White Spruce. Members receiving the free seedling will also get an information sheet with details about their tree and planting instructions. In addition, members visiting the credit unions Troy branch can pick up seedlings from SouthPaw, Pappy SouthPaw and Zoggy all mascots of the Tri-City ValleyCats, a local baseball team.
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., sponsored Mitchell College's "Environment Stories," an Earth Day celebration that took place at the colleges' New London campus. The event featured art exhibits, guided tours of the Mitchell Beach restoration project, a community expo, book sales and signings and a panel discussion featuring speakers from the U.S. Coast Guard's Research and Development Center.
Sunmark Federal Credit Union, Latham, N.Y., announced that it will begin working with members to be more energy efficient when it comes to financial transactions. The initiative officially launched on Earth Day was created to encourage members to learn more about the benefits of online banking and e-statements. The credit union will inform members of the cost saving benefits to the credit union and the ease of use that online banking can offer the membership. In addition to promoting online banking, the credit union will also be offering members free reusable grocery tote bags for enrolling in e-statements and online banking.
NuUnion Credit Union, Lansing, Mich., gave instruction to more than 2,500 school children for Earth Day. They spent the day learning about conservation, alternative energy and the impact our choices can have on others. Discussions on the importance of making smart money decisions as consumers and how those decisions relate to the goal of Earth Day highlighted the day's event. NuUnion staff members were busy on Earth Day in downtown Lansing's Constitutional Hall, sharing recyclable water bottles and tote bags as they talked about ways to reduce and recycle by making informed financial decisions.
Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif., funded the entire installation of an eco-friendly Tomorrow Garden for students and faculty at Brook Hill Elementary School. Credit union employees partnered with 125 community volunteers to revamp the Brook Hill campus and educate students about environmental responsibility. Santa Rosa Mayor Susan Gorin kicked off the event by thanking volunteers for their efforts. The Tomorrow Garden utilized recycled materials and plantings to ensure optimal water conservation and low-maintenance. The garden is approximately 1,800 square feet with five trees and nine benches. The benches were designed to be used to teach classes about water conservation.