Go Green, Save Green

Going green not only fulfilled UW CU’s mission to be a steward of the environment.

April 1, 2013

Going green not only fulfilled UW Credit Union’s mission to be a steward of the environment, it saved a lot of green to boot.

By powering its headquarters and 20 branch offices entirely with electricity from renewable resources, the $1.6 billion asset credit union recently achieved the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Leadership Club designation— the first time nationally a credit union has received this distinction.
“We’re proud to be selected for this honor,” says Brad McClain, executive vice president/chief financial officer for the Madison, Wis.-based institution. “Environmental stewardship is a core value for our credit union and we’re committed to minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment.”
Not to mention minimizing the impact on the bottom line. McClain notes UW Credit Union has saved money by converting to green energy, the vast majority of which is wind power.
And since implementing energy conservation measures at its headquarters in 2007, the credit union has significantly reduced its costs for electricity (kilowatt usage is down 21%) and natural gas for heating and cooling (a 40% decrease in therms), even as it added nearly 40 employees.
Further, all of its new and renovated buildings follow LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) construction guidelines.
The credit union has installed energy efficient boilers and chillers, low-watt light bulbs, light sensors, and temperature settings.
Innovations such as waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and landscape systems that monitor soil moisture content lowered water use by 16%.
“As an organization that continues to grow,” says President/CEO Paul Kundert, “we’re dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint just as we are dedicated to our members’ best interests.”