As Earth Day approaches this Sunday, the NCUA is attempting to decrease the agency’s environmental footprint year round.
“NCUA understands its environmental responsibility, and we take that responsibility seriously each and every day,” said NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz. “We reduce, reuse, and recycle at every opportunity. NCUA harnesses suggestions and ideas from individuals and groups throughout the agency, too.
“For example, NCUA’s Partnership Council with the National Treasury Employees Union recently created a ‘Go Green’ Agreement focused on reducing printing costs. The protocol now allows employees to get certain publications online, rather than in hard copy.”
Upon returning to the NCUA Board, Matz said, she set a goal of making the NCUA a model corporate citizen, including leading in the implementation of environmentally sound practices through the greeNCUA initiative.
Accomplishments during the past year include reducing paper and toner use by more than 75%, switching to energy efficient lighting systems, recycling more paper waste, and requiring the use of paint low in volatile organic compounds when conducting refurbishment projects, the agency said.
“Going green is a total commitment NCUA has made,” Matz said. “The greeNCUA initiative encompasses thousands of small, individual decisions throughout the year in order to make it a big, ongoing success. We encourage all credit unions to make the same commitment by creating a culture that promotes and rewards individual decisions that add up to environmental successes.”
Started in the United States in 1970, Earth Day seeks to increase individual environmental awareness and promote conservation.