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Greening our credit union.



A few years back we launched an energy/resource reduction program called “Operation: Reduce & Save.” We were looking to cut back on energy and supply costs, plus do a little something to help the environment – like recycle.

Since then, it’s mainly our Home Office that does the recycling. We bought a few paper bins and stuck them next to printers and copiers. Once a week, me and our ATM technician Jeff collect the paper, and he drops them off at the downtown Jackson recycling site on Louis Glick Hwy.

Since that program launched a few years ago, we’re again focusing on cutting down on supply costs and waste. We do a much better job of taking of lot of materials, like scrap paper, and either reusing them or recycling them. And we now take all of our used computer equipment and recycle the e-waste. But little things, like shutting off lights in unused rooms and printing out copies that aren’t needed, still creep up.

Something is better than nothing. I feel pretty good that the paper we recycle gets put to good use. But now we’re looking at relaunching that energy-saving initiative to focus on energy and waste, and how it affects our bottom line (and, consequently, our members’ money).

How do you reduce waste and energy costs in your home? Any tips for a financial institution looking to do better? Let us know in the comments.


American 1 Federal Credit Union