Exciting plans are being laid by Consumers’ Committee for Sustainability to push new initiatives out to all our 15 buildings, including initiatives for a Sustainability Champion at each office, reducing paper consumption, encouraging recycling, and reusing office supplies. We’re also researching new ideas for making future building projects lean and green.
We’ve also been taking a look at the things that we’re already doing well.
- Ordering supplies containing post consumer recycled content
From January to October of 2013, our post consumer recycled content represented a savings or reduction of 323.14 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent, 2.47 trees, 1,483.31 gallons of water, 17.67 gallons of oil, and 2,473,397.46 BTUs of energy.
In 2013, Consumers launched a new program for signing and transmitting documents securely and electronically. Early estimates of resource savings are anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 pieces of paper a year, as well as hundreds of staff hours.
As of June 20th, 49.92% of Consumers’ members receive their monthly account statements electronically, up from 33.66% August 1st, 2013. This represents a huge reduction in paper consumption, the resource cost of transporting mail, and cost to the credit union and its membership.
- Green Computing Initiative
- Recycling or reselling used equipment, such as computer monitors, phones, and other electronics
- ACH (electronic) payments of invoices to our vendors
- Recycling bins in break rooms
- Newer facilities include motion sensor lights
- Reducing heat, AC, and lighting after hours
- Window tinting to reduce summer heat
- Development of digital brochures and email marketing to reduce print brochures, letters, and postcards
Enhanced electronic banking services allow members to complete financial transactions from anywhere, 24/7, reducing travel to offices. Online Banking with Bill Pay now features enhanced transfers to and from other financial institutions and individuals. Our new Mobile App gives you the ability to deposit checks via your Smartphone’s camera.
- Sponsorship of Western Michigan University’s Wesustain EcoMug
How can you help?
Making use of electronic banking services reduces your consumption of resources by saving you a trip to the credit union. It also reduces paper and other resource use. And just one member signing up for eStatements reduces consumption of an average of 30 pieces of paper and 12 envelopes each year. You can also help at home by recycling, reducing your use of disposable or individually packaged products, or taking advantage of a Michigan Savings home energy loan program to make energy efficiency improvements to your home like new windows, insulation, a furnace, or air conditioner.