2013 EPA Green Power
Leadership Award

We received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. UW Credit Union was one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchase.

According to the EPA, our green power purchase of nearly 3 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 400 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 300 average American homes annually. GPLA_AwardLogo
About UW Credit Union » Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

As a good corporate citizen and a leader in the communities we serve, UW Credit Union is committed to doing what is right for our members and our environment.

Whether it's purchasing green power, improving energy efficiency, enacting company policies or engaging members and employees, we strive to have a positive impact on the environment and to reduce our overall carbon footprint. And despite growth in employees and branch locations, our efforts are paying off. We've reduced:

  • Carbon dioxide emissions by 78%1
  • Water usage by 18%2
  • Electricity usage by 22.5%1

Our Initiatives

Our commitment to environmental sustainability engages every organizational area so that we minimize the impact of our operations on the environment.

Renewable Power

The credit union purchases an equivalent of 100 percent of community branch network electricity from renewable resources, such as wind power generated regionally in the Midwest. This commitment reduces our emissions by 5.4 million lbs. of CO2 over the course of two years.

We've been an EPA Green Power Partner since 2011 and achieved the EPA Green Power Leadership Club designation in 2013, becoming the first credit union in the nation and the eighth Wisconsin company to reach this distinction.

Operational & Facilities Improvements

  • Energy Efficiency
    We follow LEED certification guidelines for all new construction and remodeling projects. We've installed motion detector lights, high-efficiency boilers, pumps and chillers, use low VOC paints and much more. We also have a company-wide initiative to reduce electricity usage in the summer months.
  • Water Reduction
    All new and remodeled buildings redirect water runoff from roofs and parking lots to bio-retention basins and subterranean infiltration beds, reducing the need for irrigation. We've also installed dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals and motion-sensor faucets.
  • Materials Consumption
    We have significantly reduced our paper consumption by converting paper forms and records to electronic versions, including account statements and mortgage documents.
  • Waste Reduction
    In addition to our comprehensive recycling program, we recycle or donate all of our unneeded office furniture, cabinetry, desks, lighting and more. In fact, during a recent remodel at our corporate headquarters, 98 percent of our old materials were donated to the Village of Shorewood Hills, Porchlight and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Transportation Initiatives
    We encourage staff to use alternative transportation to commute to work, such as bicycling or carpooling. We also provide free bus passes to employees who use public transportation and have partnered with Madison B-Cycle to give employees free access to the program and a discounted rate for members. Members also save time and gas by making fewer "car" trips to our branches when they utilize our Online, Mobile Banking and Mobile Deposit Services.

Employee Engagement

The best environmental programs require involved and committed staff. We created the Green Team, a group of dedicated employees who identify and implement projects and promote sustainability topics to staff. We celebrate Earth Week annually, as well as hold a company-wide alternative transportation awareness event.

Our Partnerships

2011 Mpower ChaMpion
  • We committed to sustainability initiatives through the Mpower ChaMpion program, a free, voluntary carbon reduction program for Madison-area businesses. Mpower ChaMpion program is sponsored by the U.S. EPA, City of Madison, MG&E, Campos Comprehensive Engineering and Focus on Energy.

1 Since 2008.
2 Since 2007.



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