MADISON, Wis. (5/28/14)--UW CU is among the businesses featured on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of companies that use 100% green power for their electricity needs.
Since 2013, the $1.7 billion-asset, Madison, Wis.-based credit union has purchased wind energy to power its community branch locations and corporate office.
"Making our communities healthier places to live and work is a priority for us," said Paul Kundert, UW CU president/CEO. "Just as we look out for members' financial best interests, we believe in protecting the environment for future generations."
UW CU is ranked 161 out of 639 companies nationwide for the amount of green power purchased. It is the fifth-largest company in Wisconsin that purchases 100% green power and the only Wisconsin-based financial institution to do so. The green power purchased by the credit union will eliminate an estimated 2,569 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 541 passenger vehicles each year.
In 2013, UW CU became the first credit union in the nation to receive the EPA Green Power Leadership Club distinction for its commitment to purchasing green power. It also was one of eight organizations to receive the EPA Green Power Leadership Club Award for its contribution in advancing the development of the nation's voluntary green power market.
UW CU has been an EPA Green Power Partner since 2011.