Thursday, April 24, 2008

Earth Day prompts CU activities

MADISON, Wis. (4/24/08)--This year's Earth Day, celebrated Tuesday, prompted credit unions to undergo activities to promote being environmentally friendly.

Belco Community CU, Harrisburg, Pa., participated in the Adopt-A-Highway initiative April 19 for the second consecutive year. Credit union employees and their families gathered 16 bags of trash along the highway. Belco has adopted a section of a nearby interstate and committed to volunteer throughout the year.

Belco's Adopt-A-Highway program is a part of the credit union's "Promise to Give" pledge. Employees voluntarily sign an agreement committing at least five hours of non- paid volunteer time.

Boulder Valley CU, Boulder, Colo., celebrated Earth Day by hosting an Eco-Expo that featured more than 30 local environmentally friendly businesses and organizations. The credit union also offers discount financing for fuel-efficient vehicles, solar panel additions and other green home improvement products.

Service 1st FCU, Danville, Pa., is offering green loans for hybrid vehicles this week. Qualifying loans will receive a 1.00% discount on the loan rate, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway April 22).

Philadelphia FCU celebrated Earth Day by gardening at Friends Hospital. Riverfront FCU, Reading, Pa., collected more than 100 computers, monitors, printers and keyboards to be recycled for new machines (Life is a Highway April 23).

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