ALEXANDRIA, Va. (4/23/15)--National Credit Union Administration Chair Debbie Matz marked Earth Day Wednesday by emphasizing that environmental responsibility is an essential part of the agency's culture.
"This ongoing management responsibility is in NCUA's annual performance plan, and our efforts are paying off," Matz said. "Many of the environmentally sound practices in our daily lives at NCUA were once new initiatives introduced through our greeNCUA initiative."
According to the NCUA, environmentally friendly efforts last year included:
Holding central office electricity use to 2013 levels;
Receiving a renewal for NCUA's central office of the ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, scoring 82 out of a possible 100 points;
Regional offices taking various energy efficiency measures, including replacing lighting, heating and air conditioning units; and
Leasing laptop computers with an ENERGY STAR 6.0 certification for all employees; and
Reducing trash by 2 tons by increasing shredding by 4,100 pounds of paper.
NCUA employees will observe Earth Day with an in-house cleanup and several recycling events.