Posts Tagged 'energy'

$500 gas cards return for ‘GreenBack’ campaign

In 2007, we drove our membership campaign with $500 gas cards – one given out every month to members who referred friends and family.

Well it’s back. We’re giving away one $500 gas card per month, from August to December 2008, to one lucky member who made a referral.

We’re calling the campaign “GreenBack.” What does it involve?

For one, there’s the gas card drawing. Download a referral card or pick one up at any branch, and get a friend or family member to join, and you’re entered to win.

Second, for each new member that joins American 1, we’re going to donate $2 to a local non-profit or organization that works to spread the good word about recycling, natural resources, or the environment. A different “green” group will be selected each month, and the more members that join American 1, the more “greebacks” they get.

Along with our membership drive, we’re going to work hard to green up our act, including recycling at our branches, cut down on resource costs and usage, and educate members and employees on responsible waste and energy management. Why? Simple: to reduce our impact. To leave this place a bit better than we found it. And to help local organizations that are doing hard work in the areas of recycling and the environment.

We’re rolling out GreenBack, so be sure to check back here and on our GreenBack page (the link is on the tab above, next to “About Us”) for updates, information, and money- and energy-saving tips.

American 1 is giving a little green back, both in terms of money and effort. We’re excited about the project, and we hope you can help.


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.


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