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Baxter Credit Union Earns Environmental Award

Baxter Credit Union Earns Environmental Award

April 14, 2010—Vernon Hills, IL— Baxter Credit Union (BCU) has earned an Environmental Award from Cintas® Document Management, a leader in the preservation of the environment, for its participation in the shredding and recycling of paper documents.

BCU’s paper is shredded on site, sent to a recycling plant and weighed before Georgia Pacific receives it to produce recycled paper products. In 2009 alone, the environmental impact of BCU’s efforts totaled the savings of 578 trees, 12,920 gallons of oil, 238,000 gallons of water, and 102 cubic yards of landfill. In addition to the endeavors of BCU and its staff, BCU also holds periodic “Shred Days” where members of the credit union and the community at large are invited to join BCU’s efforts by bringing their old documents to BCU for onsite shredding. These efforts contribute greatly to BCU’s success in attaining results and recognition towards the importance of green initiatives.

In 2008, BCU attained LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Project Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its Vernon Hills headquarters. “We’re committed to supporting green efforts and conducting business in an environmentally sustainable manner. We do so in a variety of ways that include supporting a number of programs in addition to the shredding. These inlcude Reuse-A-Shoe for athletic shoe recycling, annual programs to recycle batteries and electrical equipment and discounted auto loans for fuel-efficient vehicles, “said Michael G. Valentine, President and CEO of BCU.

With over $1.4 Billion in assets, BCU currently serves more than 140,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Formed in 1981 and headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois, BCU is a not-for-profit, member-owned credit union known for competitive rates, low fees, and state-of-the-art services. Membership is open to several prestigious companies around the country, as well as anyone who lives or works in select counties throughout the Chicagoland area.