Green Means More to Us Than Money
Money isn’t the only thing that is green at One Nevada Credit Union. Our members and employees have been increasing our efforts to help us become a more eco-friendly financial institution. We believe that it’s the “little things” that add up and over the past few years we stepped up our conservation efforts of paper, electricity, water, fuel and recycled office supplies… see below.
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- 69,223 members use E-Statements saving approximately 1,827,485 pieces of paper and 830,670 envelopes per year.
- 73,227 members use our SilverLink Online Banking services, decreasing branch visits and the gasoline to get there.
- 27,832 members use Online Bill Pay. Active users paid 844,369 bills in 2013, saving approximately $388,409 in stamps.
- 65,191 mobile check deposits were made using our mobile app in 2013, saving that many trips to an ATM or branch, the paper that would have been used for receipts as well as the gas to get to a branch.
- In 2013, ONCU recycled 65.5 tons of paper documents including documents that were shredded at two community wide ONCU shred events. This helped save 1,114 trees / 458,648 gallons of water / 314,508 kilowatts of energy / 6552 cubic yards of landfill space and for a total financial value over $ 400,000.
- More than half of our direct marketing mail is printed on paper from sustainable forests. Visit the Forest Stewardship Council at www.fsc.org.
- We’ve eliminated paper employment applications; our HR hiring process is now entirely automated.
- We’ve implemented a new E-Notice program. Members with a valid e-mail address on file now receive important account notices electronically.
- We’ve installed motion detector light switches in public areas that are not in constant use. We also placed reminder stickers on light switches reminding people to turn off lights when not needed.
- Older lighting has been replaced with energy efficient bulbs in our branches and corporate offices for an annual cost savings of 30%.
- Low-flow toilets are in use throughout the credit union to conserve more water than previous models.
- Real estate owned by the credit union has been converted to desert landscaping.
- Aerators are now utilized on faucets throughout the credit union to conserve water.
- Company vehicles are serviced regularly per factory specifications to reduce emissions into the air and to promote better fuel economy.
- We’ve started an office supply sharing program throughout the credit union in 2009. We are able to recycle some office supplies and cut expenses by sharing extra materials with other departments saving us hundreds of dollars in office supplies and approximately $2,000 a year in toner.
- Depleted ink cartridges are donated to the school district in Pahrump, Nevada for recycling; the schools in the area receive 100% of the proceeds.
- We donate our old computer servers to Las Vegas community groups instead of throwing them away.
- We’ve recycled 1,900 pounds of copper and 700 pounds of lead acid batteries.