Elevations Credit Union, Boulder, Colo., said that the Colorado Green Building Guild presented the credit union with its pioneer award at the build’s annual meeting. Elevations received this award for its energy loan program which provides home and business owners the ability to make their properties more energy efficient while saving money in the process. The pioneer award honors people or businesses who have demonstrated a commitment to building green and whose actions have made a difference to advance the craft of green building in the local and broader community. In 2012, Elevations in conjunction with Boulders Energy Smart program and the Denver Energy Challenge launched a suite of low-interest energy efficiency loans available to both businesses and homeowners. Energy loans are used for a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades including insulation, air sealing, heating, cooling, water heating, windows, roofing and solar PV. The program launched in August of 2012 and through yearend it generated $1 million in energy loans.
First Tech Federal Credit Union, Mountain View, Calif., announced that the Credit Union Executive Society recently honored John Weidert, First Tech FCU chairman of the board, with the Volunteer Hall of Fame 2012 award. Weidert, a member of the credit union’s board for more than 25 years, has contributed to the growth of the organization from 32,000 members to more than 365,000 during his tenure. The Volunteer Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have shown dedication to self-development, encouragement of full board development and who have provided ideas for the advancement of all credit union boards. As a board volunteer for 28 years, Weidert has advocated for both personal and organizational growth by encouraging board members to attend conferences and industry events that help them stay up-to-date with current events, trends and matters relevant to the credit union industry. Weidert had a long career at Hewlett Packard, where he led the Integrated Systems Division. He previously served on the board of the Hewlett Packard Retirement Club and is currently serving as its membership chairman.