EPA Recognizes Credit Union Energy Program
The Environmental Protection Agency added the $1.8 billion University of Wisconsin Credit Union to its list of top companies that draw energy supplies from renewable sources.
The Madison, Wisc.-based UWCU purchased electricity generated by wind sources to power its corporate offices and branch locations, the EPA said.
"We remain committed to doing what's right for the environment," said Brad McClain, chief financial officer of UW Credit Union. "As we grow our branch network, it is important for us to be good environmental stewards by reducing our carbon footprint."
The agency said that the credit was ranked 161st out of 639 nationwide companies for the amount of energy purchased from renewable sources. The agency also reported UWCU is the fifth largest company in Wisconsin to purchase green power exclusively, and is the only Wisconsin-based financial institution to do so.
The agency said the green power UWCU purchased will prevent almost 2,700 metric tons of carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere, or the equivalent of emissions from 541 passenger vehicles each year. "Making our communities healthier places to live and work is a priority for us," said Paul Kundert, president/CEO of UW Credit Union. "Just as we look out for members' financial best interests, we believe in protecting the environment for future generations."