ACU receives National Credit Union Social Responsibility Award

May 9, 2017 - Assiniboine Credit Union received the National Credit Union Social Responsibility Award for our Eco-Excellence Program. Since launching the Eco-Excellence Program in 2012, ACU has reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 56%!

Kevin Sitka, President and CEO of Assiniboine Credit Union, accepted the award in Halifax from the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA). "Doing our part to ensure that Assiniboine Credit Union members have healthy environment to live in is an important way for us to serve our members and contribute to our communities, while gaining business efficiencies that also benefit our members. Our members want to know that they are doing business with a financial institution that aligns with their values.”

The prestigious Social Responsibility Award focuses national attention on the leadership, innovation and advancement that credit unions are demonstrating in their social and environmental performance. This award is one of five national awards granted by CCUA, which acknowledges the accomplishments of credit unions that exemplify the true nature of the co-operative spirit.

Dennis Cunningham, Manager of ACU's Environmental Sustainability, gives credit to engaged employees. “Thanks to the commitment of ACU employees, we have succeeded in fully integrating continuous improvement of environmental performance in our core business and culture.” – Dennis Cunningham

Highlights of ACU's environmental sustainability include:

  • Reducing internal paper consumption by 50%
  • Reducing external paper use by 80%
  • Switching to 100% post-consumer waste paper
  • Decreasing the impact of employee commuting by 41%
  • Diverting 4 tonnes of recyclables from the landfill, of which 1300 was organic waste diverted through a partnership with Compost Winnipeg, a new local social enterprise
  • Designing 4 branches with geothermal or district energy to heat and cool the buildings
  • Completing Power Smart for Buildings renovations or retrofits at six ACU locations
  • Designation for 200 Main Street as a Bike Friendly Workplace
  • Naming of ACU as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the 5th consecutive year
  • The first credit union in Canada to purchase green natural gas from Bullfrog Power

ACU’s Sara Rusak was also named as the winner of the National Credit Union Young Leaders Award. This recognition speaks to the remarkable leadership that Sara has demonstrated in serving our credit union, our members, and our community.


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